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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Their is no pressure to drink even though it is common practice at CMU.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: CMU has a place for everybody. There is no pressure to drink or do drugs, but if you want, you can always get access to them.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not many people are into drugs at all, even for parties. There are a couple who use prescription drugs to study more but no one judges or pressures you when you want to say no.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've never encountered an issue with drugs at CMU in any form.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: (Disclaimer: I think that a high drinking age like 21 is idiotic and perpetuates this "binge-drinking-is-cool" American stigma.) People drink. Many do it responsibly. Some don't. Irresponsible people ruin it for everyone else. Don't be like them. As for drugs, weed is pretty much accepted, because its reasonable, but dangerous drugs like cocaine are basically shunned. Pennsylvania, by the way, has extra-ridiculous alcohol laws, so expect to be thrown back to Prohibition when it comes to campus and city police. I'm pretty sure they believe that beer is made of demon piss. They somehow don't think that underage college students are going to get drunk on weekends. Even though it happens EVERY WEEKEND. GET OVER IT YOU IDIOTS.

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Most students at Carnegie Mellon stick to alcohol as their substance of choice, although the number of people who smoke weed is probably a close second. That's not to say that all students drink or smoke weed. It is very easy to spend four years here and not be tempted by others, as students genearlly don't heckle others for what they do or don't participate in. Drugs beyond alcohol and marijuana are generally uncommon, but some students feel they just can't handle all of the academic demands without using Adderall or Ritalin. Therefore, there is a moderately sized market for Adderall, Ritalin, and other drugs that focus on attention, especially around midterms and finals.

However, students who do partake in drug use other than alcohol have to be very hush-hush at CMU. Unlike getting caught with alcohol, where campus police might issue a citation but usually make you pour it out, campus police are told to call the Narcotics Squad if any significant quantities of drugs are found. As you might guess, the stakes are higher to participate in drug use, which is why a majority of students doesn't partake in it, and those that do are pretty secretive. Overall, it's the same as any school—students are told how "seriously" the school takes drug and alcohol use, but unless you're running a drug ring, you'll usually just get saddled with a citation if you get caught.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS)
Morewood Gardens, E-Tower, second floor
(412) 268-2922
Alcohol assessment services, short-term counseling, support for children of alcoholics, alcohol-related literature
Did You Know?
  • Amnesty is a school policy where someone can call the campus police or emergency medical services if someone they know is exhibiting signs of alcohol poisoning. The students who called won't get cited if they were drinking, nor will it go on any of their records.
  • Campus housing is considered University property, so if called, Pittsburgh law enforcement can access students' rooms to uphold federal and state drug laws.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 71 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 71 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 44% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 42% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 71 responses

  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 32% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 8% Very limited.
  • 20% Somewhat limited.
  • 62% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 44% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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