Drug Safety

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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Students face consequences if they are caught.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Even though drinking does happen on campus, it's not all that noticeable.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People at Catawba college don't really use too many drugs. There are always those people that do but they are very few. Alcohol is the main thing.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug safety is really good. The school tries to keep drugs off of the campus and really do a good job about getting rid of them.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Fairly Strict – Being a very conservative campus, Catawba is strict on alcohol and drug policy. However, alcohol and underage drinking are very popular activities because there is very little else to do. The area around Catawba however, is notorious for having problems with drugs and general crime problems.


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Drugs are not a visible part of campus. There are certain people who do drugs, but besides those few, it isn't noticeable. Alcohol, for the most part, isn't visible, either. There will be the occasional beer can or bottle lying around campus after the weekend, and students talk about drinking, but it's not done out in public. 

There isn't pressure to drink or do drugs. Everyone is pretty respectful of one another and won't pressure you to do something you don't want to do. If you are caught drinking underage or in a dry dorm, you will get written up and fined by the campus. Athletes caught drinking underage or during dry season will suffer a penalty given by their coach, usually a one-game suspension. Some students have been caught more than once, so the penalty can't be too bad. But if you get three alcohol violations, you have to do an online AA-type program. Being caught with drugs is a different story. Marijuana doesn't have too much of a penalty, but someone was once caught with heroin, and he got kicked out of the school for a year and had to go through rehab. After a year, he was let back in and still got his scholarship money back. Still, not too bad of a penalty.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription painkillers
  • Psychedelics
Drug Counseling Programs
Catawba College Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP)
(704) 637-4225
Programs and events on campus, online alcohol education called "AlcoholEdu"

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 14 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 38% Marijuana
  • 8% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% None
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 62% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% 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 13 responses

  • 15% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 31% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 15% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% Very limited.
  • 31% Somewhat limited.
  • 46% Somewhat abundant.
  • 8% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 12 responses

  • 42% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 33% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 8% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 17% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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