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Drug Safety


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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I never saw any alcohol or drugs on campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a big deal at all. Yes, people drink, but rarely on campus.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't seen any drugs at Pepperdine.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are more of a personal choice than a group event, alcohol is the main choice of the population, even then its more of a subculture. your not going to see people sitting around with alcohol. You see it at parties, and the occasional beach party or kickback. The thing about Pepperdine is that students don't care if you do or you don't, what you do is your choice no one is going to make you do anything.

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Drug Safety: Some do it, but not most students

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Reading the disparity of student perceptions of the Pepperdine drug scene tells a lot about drug use on campus. Some have never noticed much of a drug scene at all, while others insist that expensive drugs are "very big" on campus. A logical inference is that whatever serious drugs students snort, swallow, or inhale are being used either off campus, or in an extremely covert manner. If they weren't, it would not be long before a sharp RA or Public Safety officer would catch the offending students.

Despite the conservative Christian atmosphere and campus regulations, Pepperdine is still college, and many students will still experiment with drugs. But compared to other college campuses, drug use at Pepperdine is minimal. Even the long-haired guy in the beat-up van with Vermont plates and a "Free Tibet" bumper sticker is liable to pass on grass. You just never can tell. And despite the talk about some students using cocaine and other serious drugs, it's virtually impossible to find yourself in such an environment-unless you intentionally put yourself there.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
The Health Center
(310) 506-4316
Literature on alcohol and drug abuse, counseling, and referrals
Drug Counseling Programs
The Student Counseling Center
(310) 506-4210
Individual counseling, support groups, psychological consultation and care

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 48 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 22% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 16% None
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 47 responses

  • 43% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 55% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 34% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 26% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 4% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 47 responses

  • 40% Very limited.
  • 43% Somewhat limited.
  • 17% Somewhat abundant.
  • 0% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 47 responses

  • 74% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 23% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 2% 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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