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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking and smoking marijuana is kept sort of low, but it seems like the majority of people take part in it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: They make sure to keep students safe.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Smokers and drinkers are pretty common here. You can definitely find people who don't engage in drugs and alcohol if you don't want to participate in that scene, but it just takes some looking around. Most people are respectful of those who don't choose to drink or do drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Oxy works hard to educate its students on the effects of alcohol and drugs on education and learning. However, despite this and because of our close proximity to Mexico and Northern California, access to marijuana is easy as well as other more hard drugs. However, I rarely hear of students using the more drastic drugs.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I would say that there is definetely ways to obtain it but many people do not pressure others to do them. I feel most people at Occidental are mature and respect people for their choices so if someone is not into that scene it is possible to avoid.

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Like any college campus, there are drugs at Occidental. A serious effort is continually underway to rid the school of any and all drug use, but unfortunately nothing is perfect. If the desire is there, people can and will obtain and use drugs, but very few at Oxy actually do this, especially openly. There are no drug dealers in the dorms or large epidemics of drug use, but drug use does go on. Most students that do use drugs smoke pot, although there are a rising number of students that have been reported to be using cocaine and ecstasy as well. Drug use is hidden, and when it does come out, it is dealt with quickly and strictly, and no one seems to have any serious concerns about drugs on campus. Very few of the students that don't use drugs see it as a big part of campus life, and none consider drugs to be a problem on campus. To expect any school to be free of drugs is foolish, and Oxy seems to be as drug free as possible. Other issues, such as alcohol abuse and sexual assault, are greater concerns for students. Those who wish to use drugs will certainly find the means to do so at Oxy if they try, but those that wish to remain far away from such a scene will have no problem.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
(323) 936-4343
Drug Counseling Programs
Della Martin Center for Behavioral Sciences
100 W California Blvd.
(800) 310-9855
Drug Counseling Programs
Emmons Student Health & Counseling Center
(323) 259-2657
Information and referrals
Drug Counseling Programs
Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs
2900 E Del Mar Blvd.
(626) 7950-9901
Drug Counseling Programs
Narcotics Anonymous
(626) 584-6910
Drug Counseling Programs
Pasadena Council on Alcoholism
181 N Hudson Ave.
Drug Counseling Programs
Promoting Awareness of Substance and Sexuality (PASS)
(323) 259-2657
Peer education group coordinated by a Nurse Practitioner in Emmons

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 20 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 41% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 0% None
  • 0% 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 21 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 24% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 48% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 14% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 67% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 5% Somewhat limited.
  • 80% Somewhat abundant.
  • 15% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 20 responses

  • 20% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 75% 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.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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