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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Almost everyone drinks. Almost everyone smokes weed. A few nuts do hallucinogens and claim it's for their art. No one does much by way of cocaine, heroin, etc. I've never heard of a drug overdose on campus, though I have heard of a few people that drank too much (but never were hospitalized or anything)

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The people who are into that kind of thing use and drink, but it's not unsafe and if you don't want to do it no one is going to make you.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It really could be better. They should offer a course on peer pressure and stress management.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most people drink and smoke pot. It is easy to avoid it though

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's easier to find marijuana than alcohol; you could spit in LB and it'll land on a dealer. There is also a lot of opportunity to smoke with the common and garden just across the street. No one will call you out on your illegal usages but no one will pressure you into it either. If it's not your scene, don't worry, there are other ways to have fun.


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Emerson is not a haven for drug dealers or addicts. This is not to say that there aren’t the occasional pot smokers and alcoholics, but what school isn’t that way? Alcohol is readily available at Emerson parties—which, it should be noted, are parties that occur off campus at Emerson students’ houses; there aren’t really any on-campus parties to speak of. Living in the dorms, it is very easy to avoid drugs. On the other hand, if you’re looking for weed, you’ll most likely be able to find it. As the students tell it, there are a few students who use cocaine and other serious drugs, but this is not prevalent, nor thrown in anyone’s face.

There aren’t many drug busts on campus. Usually, students who get caught are in the Common while burning one down. Other than marijuana, there are also prescription drugs, like Ritalin or Adderall, that are used by students to stay up late. Caffeine and other mild stimulants are also used by some. It’s low-key, and there is little to no pressure for students to use drugs. There are also groups of students on campus who are proud of being substance-free. Emerson also offers a Wellness Floor in the residence halls, where residents living on these floors pledge to live a healthy lifestyle, free of illegal and damaging substances. However, these floors don’t always remain this way through the entire school year.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Center for Health and Wellness
(617) 824-8666
Drug use and abuse educational programs
Drug Counseling Programs
Emerson College Counseling Center
(617) 824-8595
Contact information for local support groups, crisis intervention, outside referrals, and therapy groups

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 39 responses

  • 37% Marijuana
  • 30% Alcohol
  • 11% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 10% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 51% 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 39 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 46% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

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

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 34% Somewhat limited.
  • 54% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Practically unlimited.

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

  • 46% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 5% 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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