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Drug Safety


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1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not even gonna pretend it's safe, everyone AND I MEAN EVERYONE drinks. A lot of people smoke weed often & cocaine is pretty prevalent as well. Aside from drinking, the other drugs can definitely be avoided, but alcohol will always be present at Tulane.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are drugs. There is alcohol. A lot of people drink. However, there is not a lot of pressure to try those things and if you choose not to drink or do drugs, it is okay with everyone. I go out a lot, both house parties and college bars, and Tulane's motto seem to be "you do you". Everyone makes their own choices and when someone decides not to drink, it's never an issue. There is not much policy reinforcement regarding alcohol and most students drink in their rooms before going out. However, there has never been any serious accidents involving drinking during my years at Tulane and the Tulane Police Department (TUPD) and Tulane Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) are here to help you, not punish you.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Overall drugs and alcohol are very accessible, so as long as you have self control and friends who aren't crazy then you will be fine here.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is definitely easy access to drugs, which can be bad if you do not control yourself. People like to party and have fun, so drugs are going to be around. It is not hard to decline them or avoid doing them yourself.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It exist but a lot of people don't do anything so there isn't an issue.


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Other than marijuana and cocaine, there are not that many drugs that are heavily used on campus. However, alcohol is considered a drug, and a lot of students abuse it. Tulane EMS is constantly picking up people for alcohol poisoning, and there are plenty of drunks walking around on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. If you don’t like harder drugs, they are easily avoided, but trying to avoid the prevalence of alcohol is nearly impossible. Parties are dominated by kegs and shots, and when students go out it is usually to bars or clubs to drink. Tulane really does not have a strong drug/alcohol counseling service, and there has been concern about this recently because there is usually a student that overdoses on drugs each school year.

An important thing to remember, especially at Tulane, is that you can’t assume who’s involved in the drug scene. With any rich school, students have more money to buy drugs; intelligent, affluent students are just as likely as anyone else to be buying or selling drugs. Also, given a city like New Orleans, there’s going to be a certain amount of substances, legal and otherwise, no matter where you go. Obviously you won’t see people drinking in the middle of the day when walking on campus, but the weekends and nightlife are surrounded by alcohol.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Substance Abuse Clinic
third floor of the Student Health Center (Uptown), room 338
(504) 865-5255, extension 235
The Substance Abuse Clinic provides evaluations, referrals, counseling, and general information on substance abuse, support groups, off-campus treatment centers, family issues, and how to help a friend with a substance abuse problem. All visits to the Substance Abuse Clinic are considered confidential. The Substance Abuse Clinic also provides a resource library with books, videos, tapes, journals, pamphlets, and booklets which students can use to do research for papers or presentations.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 71 responses

  • 28% Alcohol
  • 25% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 12% Cocaine
  • 5% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 5% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 2% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 72 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 42% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 78% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 3% Very limited.
  • 3% Somewhat limited.
  • 21% Somewhat abundant.
  • 73% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 10% 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.
  • 35% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 10% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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