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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug usage is very apparent at the school, but no one is treated differently if they do not want to partake in those sort of activities.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: JMU is a college, so there is doing to be drinking involved, but JMU takes it very seriously. They are very strict when it comes to alcohol because they want to keep students safe.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Despite a crack down in policy, almost everyone drinks on campus.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are very much present at school, the majority of it is off campus and when it comes to getting in trouble for it you can be giving a second chance. Yes there is some peer pressuring but where isn't there. But when it comes down to it, its not bad and people understand if you don't want to drink.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I mean i dont really know but i know Harrisonburg cops are out every weekend, there is alot of underage drinking but thats about it. Us JMU students are really good people. But its just alot of people drink, like on special occasions like st pattricks day or before football games or halloween etc. But people are careful and not many accidents occur, they are mature.


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Occasionally, you will see people smoking marijuana at parties and social gatherings, but the drug students turn to the most is alcohol. Many students seem to have the notion that alcohol is a legalized drug and that, therefore, they are above the influence. There's a palpable sense of invincibility that runs through each student, which many times leads to extreme partying. It’s not uncommon to see at least ten kids in one night puking and/or blacking out due to this delusion.

Because of the lack of nightlife at JMU, a large number of students resort to taking part in the drug and party scene. Marijuana is used, but on a smaller scale. Hard drugs are used, but depending on the person, it can be blatant or hush-hush. At times, the drunk bus can be home to drug usage and alcohol stored in water bottles. JMU turns up the intensity on drug safety in general education health classes (G100). Within these classes, kids learn of the risks of taking drugs and how they can avoid falling into that lifestyle in college. JMU police enforce drug safety, and students receive a good base of knowledge regarding marijuana and their future at JMU.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling & Student Development Center
Varner House, MSC 0801
(540) 568-6552
Substance abuse consultation, education, screening, assement, referrals, and individual and group counseling
Drug Counseling Programs
Harisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board
1241 N. Main St.
(540) 434-1941
Mental health 24-hour emergency services, substance abuse treatment, prevention, education, and consultation
Drug Counseling Programs
L.I.F.E. Recovery Program
Rockingham Memorial Hospital
(540) 564-5629
Outpatient substance abuse treatment, evaluation and assessment for chemical dependency, individual counseling, ACOA
Drug Counseling Programs
Substance Abuse Prevention Office
Montpelier Hall, 5th Floor
(540) 568-3317
Alcohol and drug peer-education programs, educational brochures, and health screenings

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 109 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 110 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 38% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 43% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 110 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 3% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 43% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 35% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 110 responses

  • 5% Very limited.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 47% Somewhat abundant.
  • 31% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 109 responses

  • 28% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 53% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 17% 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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