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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am not into those things, but I don't think it is that bad...

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Speaking specifically about alcohol: once the weekend comes, it's almost everywhere. Whether in its physical form or if a student is talking about it. Pregaming is almost the rule. Fortunately, most of it is in a designated location (Prospect) with the exception of students who stash in their room. If you get caught with alcohol, you will probably be given a warning.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school has a really great policy on alcohol--they pretty much don't discipline for it, only for things done while drunk. While you won't get in trouble for being drunk, you can get in a lot of trouble for not putting someone in the medical center who needs help for being too drunk. Pretty much the only drug found in abundance is weed--everything else you have to actively look for, particularly as a freshman or sophomore.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Police on campus are very strict about drugs but not about alcohol. Just don't be dumb.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a strong prevalence of recreational drugs. The substance utilized most would likely be alcohol. There is definitely a drinking culture but not everyone participates and compared to other colleges it is not as pronounced because the main priority here is on schoolwork more so than partying.

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Like almost any other university, there are drugs present on Princeton's campus. The drug scene on Princeton's campus is not very visible, but it is present. With the strong presence of eating clubs as the main dining and social option for students, alcohol is the source of the majority of strain in the relationship between administrators and students. Each weekend, a number of students have to visit McCosh Health Center, or "get McCosh-ed," for alcohol-related issues. Other than alcohol, marijuana is the most prevalent drug on campus.

Increasingly, a small minority of Princeton students have started to use drugs other than alcohol and marijuana. A recent article in the Daily Princetonian reported an increasing presence of drugs such as cocaine and Adderrall on campus. Because of the academic pressures, some students opt to use prescription drugs, such as Ritalin, to stay awake to do work. Most students at Princeton do not use drugs, and it is by no means a widespread problem.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Attention-enhancing drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Educators
Provide order-in programs for RA groups; design and circulate flyers, brochures, and other promotional materials
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center Alcohol and Other Drugs Team
(609) 258-3285
Assessment; short-term individual psychotherapy; support group for students looking to control their drinking; referrals to private therapists

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 24 responses

  • 42% Alcohol
  • 42% Marijuana
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 25 responses

  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 48% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 4% 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 25 responses

  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 68% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 24% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 8% Somewhat limited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 48% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 24 responses

  • 38% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 50% 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.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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