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Drug Safety


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1 College Junior

Drug Safety: I am not okay with the drug situation on campus, not for me, but the person next to me. While there is no direct peer pressure, the availability of pretty much any drug you could want is ridiculously high. There's always a friend-of-a-friend who can get you access. Heavier drugs like cocaine and heroin are Not. Safe. on this campus, due to the surrounding area of the school. Marijuana and mushrooms are the most common, I would say, which doesn't bother me, it's just the attitude towards heavier drugs that I find truly disturbing, almost encouraging. Students are quick to defend drugs like LSD as 'traditional' New College drugs. Policy enforcement has mainly wound up in the arrest of student drug dealers, which I find worse, as it means students are driven to find drugs in the surrounding Bradenton area which is just a terrible idea. It's the attitude that needs to change.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is so much visibility of drugs and alcohol on campus. You can see people drinking from their dorms all the time, smoking weed visibly outside, ect. This was one of the biggest issues I had with campus.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's college, kids experiment. Students tend to look out for each other.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: As a non-drinker, non-smoker, non-drug user, I felt pretty uncomfortable. I didn't feel included in many aspects of social life because the emphasis was often on substances.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I would not say that there is any pressure on campus from other students to other students to do drugs or to drink, however many students take part.


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Are there drug users here? Yes. But, are they irresponsible? No. To the extent that it is possible to do so, those who use drugs do so in a responsible manner. Drugs are considered a personal experience rather than a social obligation, and peer pressure is definitely frowned upon. A "live and let live" attitude is pervasive amongst students, as long as one is not putting himself or others in danger. There is a vast amount of students who don’t use drugs at all and are respected for their choices. Using is definitely not necessary to be socially accepted. Frankly, New College of Florida would fail as an elite liberal arts college if its students could not perform up to its high standards. Because of this, individuals who overuse drugs don’t perform well academically and will be forced to leave until they clean up their acts.

Though it is less common, if hard drug usage does occur, it is done covertly. Marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes, however, are used publicly. Students tend to be moderate with their usage, making sure their habits don’t interfere with their studies. It is certainly frowned upon when one allows drinking or smoking habits to be detrimental to schoolwork. Still, the social tolerance of drug usage is probably higher at New College than it is in most settings. NCF is an open-minded place, and this applies to drug use, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Psychedelics
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling & Wellness Center
5805 Bay Shore Road
(941) 487-4254
The Counseling and Wellness Center provides services for the emotional and physical well-being, as well as academic concerns, of students.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 22 responses

  • 29% Marijuana
  • 27% Alcohol
  • 23% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% None
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 5% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 32% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 64% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 5% Somewhat limited.
  • 24% Somewhat abundant.
  • 71% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 21 responses

  • 33% 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.
  • 5% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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