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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is used abundantly (on the weekends you will almost assuredly have drunk people wander down the halls), but it is rarely disturbing and does not mean you have to take part. My friends and I almost never drank, and we still had a great year, even while some of our friends do party and drink regularly.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's a lot of drug use throughout the whole school, with some frats even requiring pledges to buy/use. It's a heavy presence, and it's well known. DPS doesn't seem to mind too much.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I haven't seen it. But I know it's there. Not causing much of an issue.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol use is very noticeable. There is some drug usage.

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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: No peer pressure really. If you know where to find the drugs, its everywhere, if not, you'll never see it. There was recently a massive drug bust at the college. Marijuana, cocaine, and adderall are frequents at parties


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Few colleges are totally immune from a drug presence on campus, and Gettysburg is no exception. While alcohol permeates the school, present in dorms, fraternities, and off-campus housing, less socially acceptable drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, are also accessible for those who want to find them. Prescription drug abuse of medicines has escalated sharply in recent years, as students wanting help cramming during midterms and finals are turning to ADD and ADHD treatments, such as Adderall, to provide extra focusing power.

While it is not difficult to get a hold of drugs on campus, it is even easier to not deal with them at all. Drugs are hardly in your face on campus, and you have to know where to look to find them. Basically if you want drugs, you will be able get them, and if you don't, you probably won't ever have to worry about it.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
(717) 337-6960
On-going counseling, assessment, and referral. Four levels of referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 28 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% Cocaine
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 48% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% 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 28 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 25% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 71% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 4% Somewhat limited.
  • 41% Somewhat abundant.
  • 52% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 26 responses

  • 23% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 58% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 19% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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