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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People party on Fridays and Saturdays, with the occasional weekday party. I would say a slight majority of people on campus drink, though their individual frequencies vary--some may have a beer or two with some friends in a dorm, and some may frequent large parties 3 days a week. I've never felt any great deal of pressure to drink, and there are not an insignificant number of students who'd rather get ahead on homework or stay in reading on a Saturday night (including myself on occasion). Teetotaler or tippler, you will likely find your scene at Middlebury.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of alcohol and some drugs, but its easy to avoid both.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Most of the social life is focused on drinking.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Middlebury is a very green school, in both senses of the word - we're very environmentally friendly, and we smoke a lot of weed. That said, most people don't let weed get in the way of everything else - people here are responsible and hard working. Most people drink on the weekends - very few during the week. Cocaine/Molly/LSD/Shrooms are all here to be found, but not particularly common unless you're on a sports team/in a social house that trips together (even then, many opt out, which is no big deal). The surrounding area has a heroin problem, but heroin hasn't seem to have found its way on campus. Generally, people use drugs/alcohol responsibly - very few have any sort of problem, and most/all keep up with the work and their other activities on campus. Pubsafe is strict on alcohol, in that they search out parties/gatherings, shut them down, make the residents pour out all the booze, and hand out citations. However, citations don't go on your record, have no fine, and really don't do much unless you get quite a few in a short span.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There are barely any drugs on campus besides alcohol, and although there is your average peer pressure to drink, if you are a non- drinker you are treated with respect and still can have lots of fun at parties.

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The use of drugs at Middlebury is noticeable but not prevalent. Popular drugs, such as marijuana or prescription “study drugs,” are easily obtained and used by many, while hard drugs such as cocaine are more difficult to find. Most students would not consider themselves part of the drug crowd. Even if they do, they are so focused on success both in academics and extracurricular activities that only a small amount of their time and money is spent on drugs.

Most students at Middlebury drink, although the quantities of alcohol imbibed vary widely depending on the person and context. Alcohol is abundantly available for underage students. That being said, except for possibly feeling some awkwardness, there is hardly any peer pressure on those who choose to abstain from drugs and/or alcohol. Your decision to remain sober will be respected and rarely questioned, as Middlebury students consider uniqueness an important and valuable quality. In addition, if a party full of drunk people is not your scene, there are plenty of other events—Free Friday Films, concerts, and performances—taking place on campus on the weekends.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA (Ecstasy)
  • Mushrooms
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
Drug Counseling Programs
Parton Health and Counseling Center
Centeno House,136 S. Main St.
(802) 443-5135
Care of intoxicated students, psychological support overnight care, and referrals to area hospitals or counseling centers if necessary

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 32 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 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 32 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 34% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 25% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 34% 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 32 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 75% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 3% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 48% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 33% 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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