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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Campus banned smoking put people still do it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want to drink or smoke weed, you can find it. But it's also very easy to avoid, and there's no pressure to take part.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Weed is common but there isn't any pressure to use it if you don't want to. Same goes for alcohol. Most students use one or the other to some degree, but it isn't a big issue like it is at other schools.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school does not shut down every party only parties on campus that get out of control. The alcohol use stays to weekends only and does not interfere with school.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I myself do not drink, and have never had anyone treat me differently because of it. However, a lot of the social life does seem to be geared towards drinking, and it can be hard to find something fun to do on the weekend than just partying with people who are drunk and out of control.


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Over the years, Macalester students have let their reputations go up in smoke—literally. Whether it’s cigarettes or marijuana, many of the students at Macalester have experimented at least minimally. Famed for years as a bunch of “pot-smoking hippies,” Macalester students have both shied away and lived up to the title. While there are students that enjoy toking a little after a particularly stressful day or long night of partying, there’s no pressure to do so. In fact, Macalester students don’t really push anyone to do or try any substances that they don’t actually wish to do. There’s an unspoken agreement that if you want to do something, you can; if not, that’s totally fine, too. Straight-and-narrow students won’t feel out of place at parties or in the dorms. Likewise, most Macalester students drink on a regular or weekly basis, but people uncomfortable with alcohol shouldn’t feel excluded by any means.

Those that want to find harder or more obscure substances can do so, though with some difficulty. However, students should note that the danger of trying drugs from unknown sources can often be riskier than the reward. College is a time for experimentation, and Macalester students are all for trying new things—even if they don’t do it personally. The best solution for students who choose not to indulge in substances is not to criticize those that do and accept that some people want to knock at the doors of perception without judgment. As with most other pursuits, Macalester students are responsible and accepting in their substance-related adventures, partying hard after working even harder.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco
Drug Counseling Programs
Winton Health Services
Leonard Center, Room 53
St. Paul
(651) 696-6275
Counseling is available, along with referrals.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 19 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 39% Marijuana
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 0% None
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 17 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 18% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 29% 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 17 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 24% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 65% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 11% Somewhat limited.
  • 72% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 18 responses

  • 33% 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.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 6% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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