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Drug Safety


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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everyone knows someone who does or has done drugs beyond alcohol and marijuana

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: SMU takes drug/alcohol use very seriously. It is addressed at orientation and then throughout the year in the residence halls.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Every school faces these issues and SMU is no different. If you want it, it's there. If you don't, you will find a community of like-minded people. The drug use at SMU is exaggerated but you will probably encounter illegal drugs at one party.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere at SMU. All parties are centered around getting very drunk. If you don't drink, you might feel out of place or overwhelmed. No one will openly make fun of you if you say you don't drink, but you might get some confused looks. Drugs are definitely around. Weed is very common, but where isn't it? If you like to smoke, you'll fit in fine, but there are also plenty of people that don't. Cocaine is definitely around, but you won't see a ton of it. If you look for it, you'll find it, but if you'd rather avoid it, you easily can. Study drugs are very common, especially during finals. If you have a prescription, you can make hundreds of dollars selling a few extra ones on the side. Probably about 30% of students use study drugs during finals week. It's also fairly common to see people snorting Adderrall before going out.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: SMU does it's best to prevent a drug scene but like most colleges it's something that cannot be prevented. Cocaine is a very popular drug here, however people don't treat you any different if you choose not to participate in drug use.


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No college can escape the scourge of drugs and alcohol. It is an integrated part of the whole college experience. The challenge, on that note, is to regulate the usage so that students are able to safely enjoy their four years of irresponsibility. SMU is similar to every typical college; it has drug users and alcoholics. You can get access to any kind of drug you wish. The most prevalent drugs are marijuana and Adderall. Students typically only use Adderall in moderation, to cram for tests and exams. Another drug you may encounter, by rumors specifically, is cocaine. The coke scene is completely underground-along with all other hardcore drugs. The most blatant drug on campus is alcohol. Every semester there are posters all over campus with statistics and other little factoids to help educate students on drug usage. Other illegal drugs tend to be concealed, and the usage is marginal. Students are more addicted to having fun with their friends at a bar with a few beers, rather than kicking back in an apartment and shooting heroin. On the surface, this campus is drug-free-minus the few stoners and fans of bar specials found on every campus.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
Neuhoff Catholic Student Center
(214) 987-0044
Drug Counseling Programs
Central Group
1810 Hall Street
Drug Counseling Programs
Memorial Health Center
Alcohol and drug assessment, intervention, short-term counseling, referral to other outside help

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 69 responses

  • 29% Alcohol
  • 23% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 14% Cocaine
  • 5% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 70 responses

  • 1% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 37% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 20% 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 69 responses

  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 43% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 41% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 68 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 40% Somewhat abundant.
  • 37% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 68 responses

  • 24% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 43% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 32% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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