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Drug Safety


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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: PC is a fun and safe school. You can always find something to do however most people participate in the party scene. The students tend to be pretty smart with it though. The majority of groups have at least one sober friend who is willing to be responsible for the night. The social scene is always fun.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's an unusually high access to drugs and alcohol. However, instead of most students pressuring others into drinking or taking drugs, many will defend those who don't want to. Students take care of each other, no matter how high or drunk some of them choose to get.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't see too much drugs around on campus. Its not really a problem whatsoever.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Rarely see hard drugs on campus

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's an awareness of the drugs but not a huge amount of students who do them due to the lack of peer pressure.


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By far, the most widely used drug at PC is alcohol. Binge drinking is a normal occurrence, and one which every student cannot help but observe. The real drug scene is much more inconspicuous. While marijuana is the drug of choice, there are whispers about ecstasy, mushrooms, and a small coke scene. Drugs can be acquired at PC, like most colleges, but the scene is not so prevalent that it cannot be avoided or even go undetected at all.

The low-key use of drugs makes PC a comfortable atmosphere for the students who don’t use, while users should be satisfied. The drug scene could be far worse than it is, but drinking, not drugs, is really what PC is about.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Chaplain's Office
(401) 865-2216
Religious pastoral counseling and pastoral care
Drug Counseling Programs
The Health Educator
(401) 865-1817
Workshops and screenings
Drug Counseling Programs
The Personal Counseling Center
(401) 865-2343
Early identification, assessment, and intervention; substance abuse counseling
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
(401) 865-2422
Works in cooperation with the Personal Counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 45 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Cocaine
  • 2% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 43 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 40% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 5% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 16% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 77% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 4% Somewhat limited.
  • 43% Somewhat abundant.
  • 52% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 46 responses

  • 17% 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.
  • 26% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 7% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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