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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't really see or hear too much about alcohol or drugs on campus, but there are people that get kicked out because of it.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Mostly pot and alcohol. Some heavier drugs, but not widespread.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: To be honest, you rarely see drugs or alcohol when your outside, but on Thursday-Saturday nights on campus or near the residence halls, you definitely see the results of students who have taken part in drugs or drinking that night.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I'd say East Carolina has more of a party scene than some other colleges but it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The school will discipline you if you get a drinking ticket downtown or drug charge. The school is trying to decrease the party scene at ECU. The peer pressure is not bad people do not care if you do not want to be involved. There are plenty of other things to do than "party".

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ECU has been labeled a "party school," partly because of the enthusiastic tailgating that occurs despite chronic football losses and because of the annual Halloween celebration; yet, a lot of students choose not to drink excessively or use illegal drugs. ECU Police most often cite students for underage drinking and for possessing marijuana, with misuse of prescription drugs coming in third. ECU Police have issued several DUI citations to students who try to move their cars after going clubbing. Adventurous students sometimes smoke pot in dorms, but the resident advisors usually smell it and turn students in instead of asking to share a smoke. Violations have decreased since a zero-tolerance policy was instated, requiring that students be banned from campus housing after just one reported violation involving illegal substances in the dorms. Under the new policy, even collections of empty alcohol bottles are banned. Even though drugs are available here, and some students use them, there does not seem to be overwhelming pressure on the general population to use them. Students seem to be developing more lasting problems with alcohol than with illegal drugs. Drug abuse certainly can adversely affect a student's academic career, and many who party too much don't come back for second semester. Students must find a balance between academics and socializing early in college.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Center for Counseling and Student Development
(252) 328-6661
Counseling sessions, self-help options for alcohol and other drugs, and online screening for depression and alcohol

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 108 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 111 responses

  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 30% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 52% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 110 responses

  • 6% Very limited.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 27% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 110 responses

  • 34% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 45% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 17% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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