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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of kids party, it's college.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: This topic I am mostly unsure of. I think drugs are just as prevalent as alcohol, but I think marijuana is the most common drug. Peer pressure depends on who you hangout with, and there is likely more of it in the Greek life. I am unsure of the policy enforcements, because I do not know them.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of peer pressure on alcohol. I've literally had people shove drinks in my face even when I said no thanks and some people will get mad if you don't.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Some students do drugs and drink, but they only do these things at there apartments and not on campus grounds so they don't get caught.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: All students are required to take online course before attending the school about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and i think it makes a big difference on how we, as a university, view them. People aren't forcing each other to drink, people are being smart about taking care of themselves while they are participating in different social events like that. I feel safe and know that the school has given helpful information that I can use not only in college but in other day to day activities as I grow older to keep myself safe. No one really drinks in public because there are police officers always around not only to enforce rules but to keep the students safe.

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Alcohol is the No. 1 drug of choice on campus, and it's widely available to everyone, including minors. Many students drink heavily and would be considered alcoholics in any other environment. "Soft" drugs like marijuana are also quite prevalent and not hard to find if you know the right kind of people. Students make little attempt to hide these habits and often flaunt them. Thankfully, harder drugs like heroin and cocaine are not in wide use, and most students seem to understand the health risks associated with them. It's not uncommon to smell weed on your dorm floor despite a ban on smoking, although maybe it's just an honest mistake and the pot smokers didn't understand the administration wasn't just targeting tobacco cigarettes. Probably not, though, as there is a real disregard for the law and lack of respect for fellow students demonstrated by drug users on a continual basis. This being a college campus, peer pressure is a constant, yet passive presence in the lives of most students. Many a high-minded individual starts college looking down on those who waste their time and money on booze, only to be seduced by the fun and debauchery. Honestly, prepare for a sucky, isolated existence if you don't drink at NIU.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
  • Tranquilizers
Drug Counseling Programs
Ben Gordon Center
12 Health Services Dr.
(815) 756-4875
Comprehensive assessment of alcohol/drug use and recommendations
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Student Development Center
Campus Life Building 200
(815) 753-1206
Alcohol assessment services, psychological counseling, group counseling,
Drug Counseling Programs
Crisis Line
(815) 758-6655
Confidential, 24-hour telephone counseling
Drug Counseling Programs
The Office of Student Affairs
Altgeld Hall 208
(815) 753-1573
Educational programming for groups/organization
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
(815) 753-1311
Alcohol dependency assessments, evaluation of alcohol on physical well-being

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 114 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% None
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 116 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 34% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 42% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 115 responses

  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 16% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 42% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 18% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 114 responses

  • 9% Very limited.
  • 32% Somewhat limited.
  • 39% Somewhat abundant.
  • 19% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 114 responses

  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 52% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 12% 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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