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Drug Safety


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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.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: While the use of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin is more out of sight (you have to seek it out but there are plenty of people doing it), the use of Marijuana is EVERYWHERE. The smell is horrible and public safety never does anything about it. The administration is stricter on alcohol, both those under and over 21, then any kind of drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't really big on campus. Really the only thing I've seen is marijuana, and it's easy to avoid if you don't want to be around it. Most people just drink at parties and such. For the most part there isn't a ton of pressure to drink if you don't want to. Public safety is pretty strict about alcohol; if they see you visibly drunk or with a drink in your hand, you will most likely get a citation. Alcohol itself may not be that visible, but there are a lot of drunk people wandering about campus on any given weekend night.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: While there is no outward pressure to engage in any illegal activity, being in Vermont makes it so there is little else to do sometimes. Hard drugs are hard to find, but weed is prevalent amongst the student body. That being said it is not a safety issue and enforcement is pretty strict. Alcohol is obviously part of any Midd weekend and enforcement centers around safety primarily.

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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 26 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 1% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 35% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 35% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 27% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 69% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 4% Somewhat limited.
  • 52% Somewhat abundant.
  • 44% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 54% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 38% 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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