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Drug Safety


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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol can be find out of campus not on campus

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I honestly don't know much about the drug scene. I do know alcohol is a big part on campus, but alcohol is a big part on most campuses. I have noticed that if you don't drink people tend to find it odd.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: For the most part everyone follows school policies.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't feel unsafe about drugs

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is pretty popular on campus, and even though I am not involved with it I still hear lots about it. It is mostly on the weekends and also Thursday nights. Despite this, it is still easy to meet great friends that don't drink or don't pressure others into drinking.


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The drug scene exists at Iowa State, but for students who have no interest in it, it is not very visible. Drugs are accessible to those who want them, but it is rare to see them being used openly. If you are into drugs, you will find friends who can help to hook you up, but the rest don't need to worry about drug pushers or usage around them. Students keep their habits private, with the exception of alcohol, and there is little threat on campus.

If you like large universities but are worried about drugs being prominent, then ISU may be a good choice. Drugs are obtained by having connected friends, so if you don't wish to partake, chances are that your friends will not either, and you won't have to worry about it.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
Drug Counseling Programs
SCS Substance Abuse Intervention Program
Student Services Building, third floor, north of Friley Hall
(515) 294-5056
Assessments, screenings, referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 147 responses

  • 44% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 148 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 43% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 9% 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 148 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 26% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 148 responses

  • 3% Very limited.
  • 32% Somewhat limited.
  • 47% Somewhat abundant.
  • 18% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 148 responses

  • 36% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 50% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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