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Drug Safety


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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't know many who do use.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People do it if they want and they mostly starred in high school

4 College Student

Drug Safety: If you drink or do any type of drugs you will be asked to leave the premises.

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Drug Safety: Life is important alive or primal

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I think on campus there is no true abuse of drugs. If anything it is in the privacy of people's home. You do not see drug use on campus


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Like at many campuses across the country, the drug scene depends on with whom you associate. While the most visible drug use on campus is definitely cigarettes, harder substances are also abused, but you won't necessarily see them. On the other hand, at a large number of events, you'll see students having a great time being sober, without the use of any alcohol or drugs at all. All in all, though, whether you are interested in partaking or not, it's totally up to you. You can go all four years without seeing drugs, or you can engage in some heavy activities. 

Since CSUN is a commuter school, the University is not as conducive for a drug or "party" environment as other schools, since there isn't a strong residential community. Sure, in the dorms, you'll occasionally smell marijuana wafting from a room, but it's not as prominent as at other universities. However, those that do partake in alcohol or drugs in the dorms need to be discreet, as police enforcement is pretty strong. 

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Center
Bayramian Hall, Suite 520
(818) 677-2366
Individual counseling is available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 195 responses

  • 34% Marijuana
  • 33% Alcohol
  • 12% None
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 196 responses

  • 22% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 46% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 10% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 197 responses

  • 22% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 198 responses

  • 27% Very limited.
  • 39% Somewhat limited.
  • 27% Somewhat abundant.
  • 6% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 197 responses

  • 53% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 36% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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