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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Simmons is a dry campus. If students desire a drink, they must sneak it into the dorms or attend a party at other colleges. Similarly, Simmons recently banned marijuana and hookah use on campus. Location near Longwood and multiple hospitals allow for rapid emergency response or treatment.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are no drugs on campus and close to nobody drinks on campus.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The Drug and Alcohol Policies are strongly enforced

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People drink and smoke pot. That's part of college. Some RAs are fine with alcohol in rooms, but have to hide it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I've never been pressured to do any drugs and i've never taken any drugs at school so i'm not sure how to describe the drug scene. I'm aware that many students like to go out and drink but that's mainly all i know about the drug scene.


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Drugs are not a serious problem at Simmons—you need to dig pretty hard to find any activity on campus. The smell of marijuana occasionally appears on the Residence Campus, but this does not happen with enough frequency to cause concern. Over-the-counter drugs are more common for students looking to stay awake for a study session. Adderall and painkillers are present, though not highly sought after or abused. Hard drugs are not visible at all, and stories of party drugs stay in the clubs. Other than the caffeine kick a visit to Dunkin’ Doughnuts or Starbucks brings, alcohol is the most common drug of choice—campus programming is focused toward alcohol abuse rather than drug abuse. There is no pressure for non-users to use drugs.

Students using any substance are generally smart enough not to get caught or partake on campus. School policies are enforced, but consequences are rarely neccessary. Although there are programs available, don't worry—there is not a not a DARE-program atmosphere on campus. Drug counseling and alcohol abuse programs are available through the Counseling Center and peer education discussion groups. Abuse and activity is dealt with through the student Honor and Judicial boards.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
One Palace Road
(617) 521-2455

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 27 responses

  • 45% Alcohol
  • 23% Marijuana
  • 13% None
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 18% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 64% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 32% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 46% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 27 responses

  • 11% Very limited.
  • 52% Somewhat limited.
  • 26% Somewhat abundant.
  • 11% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 27 responses

  • 56% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 37% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 0% 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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