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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Really if you are there to party you can find alcohol and weed easily, but for the rest of us the most we will see is some alcohol for casual drinking, where you won't see people frequently drunk.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Everyone drinks, and the drug problem is rampent in fraternities. Not all but some people have been known to do hard drugs in the frats.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: On campus the drug scene is not very visible. However, off campus it all depends on where you are at.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've seen both sides, alcohol and drugs. And I have only, yet, to have tried alcohol. Which since being in college was the first time for me to drink. I have no interest in trying any other form of drug.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If I can be honest here, pretty much everyone drinks here. I mean, I don't because I'm underage and its against the law, but the majority of the underage students here tend to ignore that fact. Most of this drinking does tend to go down at tailgates and parties, so if you choose to avoid that then you probably won't be directly exposed to it. I do, however, hear people talking about drinking and drugs a lot of the time, but that unavoidable.


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Lubbock is a dry county, which means no beer, wine, or liquor can be sold in the city of Lubbock. The only place to obtain any type of alcohol, besides restaurants or bars, is to take the 15-minute drive out of town to the Strip. The Strip is a cluster of well-lit and well-stocked liquor stores. The drive out of town would seem to be a deterrence to drinking for college students, but this is not the case, and Tech has no problem living up to its reputation as a party school. Like many colleges around the nation Tech has a substance-abuse problem, and the substance of choice is alcohol. Girls and guys alike will drink as much as they can in an effort to have an excuse for the bad decisions they know they want to make. Keg stands, beer bongs, and drinking games can be found at most house parties and fraternity parties, and they make for quick buzzes and late, late nights. Marijuana makes its appearance at these parties as well, but if you don't want to see it, you won't. Usually the people who are smoking weed aren't too keen on sharing it. Their discreet behavior makes it a low-profile drug at any party.

It would be naïve to think that no one on the Tech campus is dabbling in hard drugs like cocaine, but the percentage is small. People who want to become part of that group can do so, but if it is being used during parties, it is kept on the down-low. Tech has its fair share of heavy drinkers and potheads, but when it comes to heavier drugs, Tech students in general just say no.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Counseling Center
201 Student Wellness Center
(806) 742-3674

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 173 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 174 responses

  • 9% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 46% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 34% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 10% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 172 responses

  • 13% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 17% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 35% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 172 responses

  • 9% Very limited.
  • 35% Somewhat limited.
  • 34% Somewhat abundant.
  • 22% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 173 responses

  • 35% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 13% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 6% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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