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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of people do and a lot people don't. However, you'll definitely know if someone does. A lot of people talk about it all the time and plan their whole week around it. The scale is really broad but I don't think it's a big secret that PSU has a huge drinking culture. I'd say try it out, be smart, and choose what you choose but don't be against the people who chose differently from you. It's great to have both using-and non-using friends.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are around. It will never go away.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have just seen one girl in my dorms in the entire freshman year who was drunk, hard to find anyone drunk in the dorms. Drunken people are easily found around the campus/downtown area on weekends

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a huge factor on weekends. However, every single night you can find a party at Penn State. People are constantly pressuring you to drink, and may pressure you to do drugs. Honestly, If you don't have a beer or shot in your hand at a party, you will be berated, made fun of, or called names. If caught drinking underage, or on campus, policy states (and you are told this forcefully at orientation) that you're parents will be called, and you will be punished depending on the incident. However this is rarely true. Several students are caught every year, and parents are hardly ever called. This policy is basically a scare tactic.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I've rarely heard of people getting busted here for using drugs or alcohol, and you can see the effects of drunken or high escapades around campus during the weekend.


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Penn State does not have a strong reputation as a drug school. Marijuana can be prevalent in some circles, but certainly does not control the campus. Prescription drugs, like Adderall, tend to make an appearance around finals week, but widespread use is not common. Local law enforcement has done a good job of locking up dealers and breaking up drug rings.

Alcohol is a different story. Heavy drinking becomes a problem for not only the University, but the surrounding area as well. Football weekends and holidays, like Halloween and Saint Patrick’s Day, result in high increases of police calls and hospital visits. Drinking is highly targeted on campus, which results in more illegal behavior downtown. Responsible drinking is always preached but not always practiced.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Education Services
Room 201 of the Student Health Center
(814) 863-0137
Alcohol Intervention Programs (AIP Levels 1 and 2; Level 3 is provided by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)), Marijuana Intervention Program (MIP)
Drug Counseling Programs
Centre County Drug & Alcohol
Willowbank Building, ground floor
(814) 355-6744
Drug Counseling Programs
Community Help Centre
139 S. Pugh St.
State College
(814) 237-5855

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 280 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 282 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 41% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 32% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 18% 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 283 responses

  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 13% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 31% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 46% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 282 responses

  • 9% Very limited.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 43% Somewhat abundant.
  • 33% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 282 responses

  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 47% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 20% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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