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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Underage students do partake in drinking and partying on the weekends, but if that's not your scene you won't be pressured to take part. The school often sponsors sober activities for students to partake in.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Too much dorm damage is incurred via drinking. Primarily by sports teams.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Plenty of individuals partake in drugs. However most of it is weed. I have never felt uncomfortable or pressured to do drugs or drink. Everybody is really chilled and accepting about it

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most everyone drinks. If you don't drink you are automatically written off.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Colby has the best of both worlds. If you want to go crazy and party then go for it, if you want to sit a night out, or if you never want to party at all, nobody cares. There is virtually no peer pressure to drink. As for underage drinking on campus, the campus PD doesn't check your ID unless you are blatantly (dangerously) drunk in public. Technically there is a hard liquor ban on campus, but you wouldn't know it.


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You won't come to Colby and find illicit drugs, at least out in the open. Hard drug use does exist, but it is very, very limited and few and far between. Probably 95 percent of students will never know about or see hard drugs during their time at Colby. Those who want these drugs must look hard to find them because they are practically nonexistent.

However, too much time listening to Phish may have led some Colby students to smoke marijuana, and intense academics can push some people to seek illegal study drugs. Asking around on weekends makes it easy to find pot, whereas study drugs may be harder to find. However, neither of these ever seems like a real threat. And, this is a college, so alcohol use does exist. Many students drink, but many choose not to, and there is no pressure by any means to consume. It is very easy to go through four years here without having one sip of beer and not smoking one joint, but it's also pretty easy to live the opposite lifestyle.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Garrison-Foster Health Center
4460 Mayflower Hill
(207) 859-4460
Substance abuse counseling, assessments, referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 27 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 29% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 43% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 21% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 67% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 11% Somewhat limited.
  • 26% Somewhat abundant.
  • 59% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 50% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 11% If you don't partake, you're left out.


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