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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are drugs, but they aren't everywhere. I have never been pressured into doing them.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I know very little about the drug scene on campus, but to my knowledge, peer pressure is not as intense as it may be on other campuses.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs (minus marijuana) are almost ZERO, and alcohol is minimal at most.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People smoke here and there, but overall no one will shun you if you don't do drugs.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have personally never seen any students with drugs or been offered any drugs.

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For the most part, students at Mason just drink alcohol, and mostly only on weekends. The big parties all happen off campus, and it’s not likely that a lot of drunk students will be seen around campus on the weekends. As long as on-campus parties don’t get rowdy, students don’t have any trouble from RAs or the police, though students should be careful since RAs walk through the housing areas generally every hour.

Mason’s not an infamous drug haven, but it's more than likely that guy that’s always wearing a Sublime T-shirt and lives upstairs in the dorm has a hook-up. Most drug usage at Mason is covert, however, and there’s not a lot of talk about marijuana or other illegal drugs on campus. Fraternity members can be seen in freshman housing areas during the first couple weeks of school finding recruits and inviting people to their beginning-of-the-year parties. If freshmen play their cards right, they can get invited to the parties, which account for a majority of Mason’s party scene.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Study drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
Office of Alcohol, Drug & Health Education
Student Union Building I, MS 2B2
(703) 993-3690
Workshops and events, individual consultations, educational materials, and volunteer opportunities.
Did You Know?
President's Park is the only completely "dry area" on campus.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 173 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 11% None
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 174 responses

  • 13% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 45% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% 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 174 responses

  • 11% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 27% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 31% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 172 responses

  • 21% Very limited.
  • 38% Somewhat limited.
  • 34% Somewhat abundant.
  • 7% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 172 responses

  • 46% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 48% 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.
  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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