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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Partying is abundant but if that's not your scene there are plenty other things for you to do.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Definitely some drinking goes on, it's college. If you want to drink, access to alcohol is pretty easy to come by. However, people aren't going to give you a hard time if you don't want to.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: alcohol is easy to find. just go to frat parties! or ask a 21 yr old friend to get it for you -__-

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a fairly high prevalence of drugs and alcohol on campus, but also there is a lot going on around campus that doesn't center around partying or either of those things. There's a wide variety of drugs available; anyone that really wants to get their hands on something will probably find a way to get it some way or another.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There was a floormate of mine who got arrested for weed, and that was a bit of culture shock for me, but I was glad that the RA and the RUPD took care of it well.


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In certain freshman residence halls, students will mysteriously go to the back of the building, returning 20 minutes later in a much happier state. There is nothing at all in the back of the dorm to make them happy except a lot of trees. That’s how you can describe the drug scene at Rutgers. People can do what they want to do, and it isn’t crazily talked about. Students can, however, get caught smoking weed or taking other drugs, especially if the drugs are in their rooms. Many times the RAs will walk around at night and see if they smell anything funny coming from the dorm rooms. While drugs are prevalent on campus, it is more common to get caught drinking in the dorms. Freshmen are primarily the ones who get caught since they are especially dumb about drinking. They are known to leave their doors open with alcohol in hand, as if they are asking the RA to catch them. The RAs are far stricter in freshman dorms than in upperclassmen ones, so first-year students have to be extremely mindful of their actions.

In recent years, it seems as that the biggest drugs on campus are Ritalin or Adderall. During midterms and finals, students take these drugs to stay awake to study throughout the night. It is very common to walk into a lounge at 5 a.m. in a residence hall and see 25 people wide awake and studying. Students don’t think of these as drugs, and it is very easy to find them. Whenever a student is caught with alcohol or drugs on campus, they are sent to drug counseling and have to complete community service. Students caught with alcohol mostly have to work in the dining halls. To avoid this public humiliation, be careful with alcohol, and don’t do any drugs inside the dorms.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
Health Services

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 252 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 251 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 27% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 39% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 25% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 251 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 13% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 41% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 253 responses

  • 6% Very limited.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 51% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 253 responses

  • 36% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 45% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% 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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