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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A large part of the student population never drank before coming here, and it is noticeable. There is also not a big drug scene, and it is decently hard to acquire anything other than marijuana.

5 College Student

Drug Safety: I've never heard of drug problems or alcohol busts on campus, or any problems stemming from the use of drugs or alcohol on campus. All such activities usually occur and stay off campus, but even then are very minor and infrequent, and more prevalent amongst the town's residents than among students.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You hear stories of people doing drugs and alcohol but I have never personally seen it .

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A large majority of the students drink and party, but there are definitely a good portion of students who don't also. Being one who doesn't, I never feel left out socially or peer pressured into drinking.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Where else can you get All You Can Drink for $8???


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Kirksville has a powerful reputation for meth, as does the entire state of Missouri, which has the highest rate of meth lab activity in the United States. Yet, despite the culture that rages outside of the University, the campus is pretty much drug-free. There are a couple of fraternities inextricably linked with marijuana and some mildly harder drugs, but you won't find any visible drug use unless you go looking. There have been no rumors of ecstasy or GHB use among students.

On the other hand, almost everyone knows someone who has been busted for pot, usually because that person was dumb enough to try to smoke it in a residence hall. Just like with alcohol use, if you are smart enough to control your impulses, you won't get caught. Punishment can be harsh if you hear a DPS officer knock on your door. Students at Truman are definitely not pressured to use drugs. In fact, well-meaning friends are more often encouraging their peers to stop drinking and smoking.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Services
McKinney Center
(660) 785-4014
Consultations, counseling, online screenings, presentations, referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 43 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% None
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin

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

  • 16% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 51% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% 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 42 responses

  • 17% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 24% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 42 responses

  • 12% Very limited.
  • 31% Somewhat limited.
  • 45% Somewhat abundant.
  • 12% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 42 responses

  • 45% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 48% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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