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Drug Safety


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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of students drink at Gonzaga and there is definitely peer pressure, however, there are also groups that do not and part take in other fun activities on the weekends.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is not a thing, which is nice.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have never seen anyone doing drugs on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and marijuana are the most common drugs on campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People are left up to make their own choices and do what they want with their lives. But thats with other students. With the University...don't get caught.

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Compared to a big public university, Gonzaga may seem like a haven of sobriety. The majority of students parties, but the contingent of students who are seriously dedicated to imbibing alcohol is much smaller. Since there are no truly wild parties, no fraternities, and not enough academic or social stress to justify excessive medication, most Zags seem to be content with caffeine and alcohol. Very few students even smoke cigarettes regularly. There is very little visible drug use on campus, and students are rarely pressured to use anything other than alcohol.

That being said, Gonzaga is no Brigham Young University, either. Marijuana is not uncommon at off-campus parties, and a minority of students will have run-ins with cocaine or crystal meth. It's reasonable to expect that more students are using drugs than you think. However, the hard drug scene is neither prevalent nor noticeable. Students are at risk with alcohol—nearly every year brings serious injuries related to excessive drinking, and that doesn't factor in the all-too-frequent sexual assaults that are perpetrated in the context of drinking. Be careful what you drink, and be especially careful with whom you drink.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
502 E. Boone Ave., CG 303
(509) 313-4054
Specialized services include alcohol rehabilitation.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 45 responses

  • 44% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 46 responses

  • 13% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 46% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% 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 46 responses

  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 24% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 57% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 46 responses

  • 9% Very limited.
  • 33% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 11% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 46 responses

  • 48% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 43% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 9% 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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