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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: laws are fairly strictly enforced for underage drinking

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: very easy to drink. very easy to do drugs. impressionable people with a wild streak don't last long in boston (crash and burn!). but as long as you're sensible and are made aware of drug safety allot of people take drugs and drink but they do it in limited amounts, 99% of the time people seem to be very sensible. but then the 1% you sometimes hear about a 'friend of a friend' who's fallen off the deep end. they treat you like adults here so if you screw up and get caught things get nasty but if you can handle your self the police don't try to catch students. its mostly noise complaints if you ever see the police in boston - not drug busts!

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have felt absolutely no peer pressure at all from my friends or strangers at any parties. However, when you go to parties, almost everyone is drinking or doing drugs. I partake in it myself, but I am sure you could find others that do not.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: There is a lot of partying and alcohol, but there is also limited pressure to partake.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: I have not felt like peer pressure is an issue here at all. Greek life is not abundant, which is where most of the pressure from other schools comes from. Policy enforcement is pretty strict if you're caught, but one violation won't ruin you.

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What little of a drug scene there is on campus really isn’t hard to avoid. During the 2008 election, voters in Massachusetts decided to decriminalize possession of marijuana. If a person is caught with one ounce or less of marijuana, he or she will be charged a $100 fine and will not be reported to Massachusetts’ criminal history board. Other harder drugs are around, but they aren’t out in the open, and students certainly don’t feel pressured to be involved if they don’t want to.

Make sure your roommate is aware of your stance on drugs. Many problems develop between roommates when it comes to disagreements over that sort of thing, particularly because the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is notoriously hard on students caught with drugs. If you get caught, chances are that your roommate will, too, and vice versa.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
University of Health & Counseling Services
Forsyth Building, Suite 135
(617) 373-2772
Counseling and prevention/education programs are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 130 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 130 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 44% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 16% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 130 responses

  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 18% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 130 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 24% Somewhat limited.
  • 60% Somewhat abundant.
  • 9% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 130 responses

  • 38% 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.
  • 8% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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