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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't live on campus so I really can't answer this question.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: While a lot of students drinks, I wouldn't say that there's a ton of peer pressure.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Especially for fraternities, I've definitely heard of more than one incidence of someone being pressured into trying a drug. You name it, it's here. For non-frat members, it's still very visible, but there isn't as much pressure to use.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most of the guys and girls that are involved in the greek scene do some type of drugs.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Duke tries, but Greek life wins

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The drug scene at Duke is pretty comfortable and not very pushy. If you want them, you can find them; if you don’t, you won't have to worry about it. Student responses reflect that most students are aware that there are drugs on campus, but no one feels threatened by it. It’s almost impossible to get through college without a whiff of something grassy, but alcohol is more prevalent and widely used than any illegal substance. Of course, alcohol plays a major role in the Duke social scene, but such is life on virtually any campus in the United States.

Duke students can go through college with as much or as little drug and alcohol use as they decide upon. There will always be the opportunity to use these substances, especially if your group of friends uses them, but no one should be worried about a pressure to use drugs. 

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Chapel Drive
(919) 660-1000
A specialist in the area of alcohol and substance abuse is available to students.
Drug Counseling Programs
Duke Student Wellness Center
001 Crowell Building (garden level)
East Campus
(919) 681-8421
There's a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 48 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 23% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 14% Cocaine
  • 5% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 48 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 44% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 10% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 40% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 45% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 46 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 39% Somewhat abundant.
  • 41% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 46 responses

  • 28% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 43% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 26% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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