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Drug Safety


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3 College Student

Drug Safety: It seems to be a problem on other campuses as well

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug usage happens at parties. Students will not get criticized if they do not want to use them.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's gotten worse with more out-of-state students on campus, but law enforcement works very hard to stomp out an issue before it starts.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug scene is pretty clean. Alcohol however, that's still a huge problem. Too many people (underages) like to drink, and a lot don't know their limit. It causes a scene.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The majority of students overuse alcohol and weed to an annoying amount. You can't even sit in your apartment without the smell of weed filling your livingroom/bathrooms. The closer you are to campus the more you'll hear students screaming walking down the street and stumbling down the road.

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The drug scene at Penn State Altoona is moderate in comparison to other big-name schools. Many students experiment with alcohol, but others do try harder drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana. The use of alcohol is very visible. In fact, some days, a noticeable number of students arrive to their classes either hungover or still drunk—this usually happens Friday mornings due to the prevalence of Thirsty Thursday.

However, just be warned: Underage students found drinking or drunk will receive an underage citation, which are taken seriously. And more than one citation can lead to having Judicial Affairs intervene, which can mean myriad options or none depending on the severity of the impunity.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
AWARE Program
Sheetz Family Health Center
(814) 949-5540
Assessment by addictions therapist, intervention workshops, self-assessments

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 40 responses

  • 32% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% None
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 30% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% 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 39 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 13% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 31% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 40 responses

  • 10% Very limited.
  • 12% Somewhat limited.
  • 55% Somewhat abundant.
  • 22% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 40 responses

  • 35% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 48% 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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