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Drug Safety


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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Most people drink and do drugs because they want to and because it feels like you're in an Eckerd bubble and drugs actually make it interesting.

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2 College Senior

Drug Safety: There dused to be a lot of pot-smoking hippies here, but now the main drugs are alcohol and cocaine. There's no peer pressure although if you choose not to partake you will find the campus is very boring and people are content with it because they are drugged up.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Cocaine has recently become the party drug at Eckerd, but its reputation on campus is really more centered around a selection of notable people and most students do not partake. Marijuana is huge on campus and most students to partake. Alcohol is very easy to get your hands on at Eckerd. It is also a Wet Campus, meaning that if you are over 21 you are allowed to drink on campus. Campus Safety can be lenient and easy to avoid unless you are blatantly obvious about your drug or alcohol consumption. They crack down harder during Autumn Term with the freshmen though. The Community Standards Board will nail you with every violation under the sun, and then some if you get caught.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Pretty much everyone drinks and smokes weed and a lot of people do coke, molly, and acid or mushrooms on occasion. The nice thing is, if you don't want to participate no one really cares, you're definitely not going to be pressured into doing anything you don't want to do. Also, everyone looks out for each other and keeps everyone safe.

2 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: My response to this question is always "what college population doesn't take part in drugs?" Whether a college campus is large or small, every student has a good chance of being pressured into the social aspect of the drug scene. Although, campus enforcement became strict when drug usage was noticeable. At the same time, they didn't intrude on student privacy.

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Let’s face it, Eckerd is a typical college campus. College students will be college students, and some experimentation is normal as kids test their freedom and boundaries, and begin to mature into adults—and Eckerd students are no exception. What’s important is that the College community acknowledges that some experimentation is expected, instead of pretending the issue does not exist. This way, the College can promote awareness and encourage its students to stay safe and informed.

Drugs, mainly pot, are present, but they are not a huge hang up. There is not a large drug scene here, and if it’s not your thing, there are plenty of other things to do and people to do them with no pressure. Some students don’t even notice drugs are here. The administration, especially security and RAs, are not okay with the use of drugs, but they are usually pretty fair in dealing with the problem. Cases are run through the student court, and most violators get off with fines and community service.

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Drug Counseling Programs
Operation PAR
(888) PAR-NEXT; on campus, call x8248
Provides substance abuse assessment and counseling to residential Eckerd students for free. There are several locations in West Central Florida, including one in St. Petersburg.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 41 responses

  • 28% Alcohol
  • 27% Marijuana
  • 14% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Cocaine
  • 7% Ecstasy
  • 2% Heroin
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 42 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 17% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 26% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 60% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 41 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 39% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 41 responses

  • 27% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 63% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 7% 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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