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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not many people are told about the harm of mixing

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is only so much that administration can do without raiding rooms so I believe for what they can do they do a decent job

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It is fine though, people use drugs just like the outside world

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Although drugs and alcohol are a significant aspect on Denison's campus, it does not take away from academics. Students will always find ways around rules and policy, so having more enforcement than necessary may be useless to prevent drug use. However, most students know how to balance the work week and weekend fun.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol can be obtained easily, if you do not drink at a party, it can be awkward

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Alcohol is definitely one of the most prevalent drugs found on Denison's campus. It is not uncommon to find underage drinking at almost every party and even sometimes in dorms. Alcohol is very easy for underage students to obtain, especially since those who are 21 live on the same campus. Every party will have alcohol freely available, as well. Marijuana is a close second—though, it is definitely avoidable. The drug scene at Denison is very hush-hush, and therefore, extremely easy to avoid if that is not something you want to do. As for harder drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, they can be found if you know certain people; otherwise, you will never see them being used openly and recreationally at Denison. Study drugs, like Adderall and Ritalin, have also become increasingly prevalent in the last few years. One way Denison implements drug safety on campus is through its Medical Amnesty policy. Students who turn highly intoxicated students in do not get in any trouble, even if they were drinking. This allows students to help their fellow students if they are in danger, without any fear of getting in trouble. If you do not drink or do drugs, that absolutely does not mean you won't have a social life. Denison is very inclusive in its nightlife, and even if you don't drink, you can absolutely still go to a party and have fun. If you do decide to drink and do drugs, it is pretty easy to avoid getting written up and in trouble, if you are discreet about it.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Drug Counseling Programs
Whisler Hall
(740) 587-6647
Counseling for drug and alcohol-related issues as well as general psychological concerns
Did You Know?
Denison has a Medical Amnesty policy, which encourages students to seek medical help for their fellow students in situations like extreme intoxication, without fear of disciplinary action.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 38 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 24% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 2% None
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 19% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 54% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% 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 37 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 5% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 51% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Very limited.
  • 3% Somewhat limited.
  • 58% Somewhat abundant.
  • 37% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 37 responses

  • 30% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 16% 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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