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Drug Safety


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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Smell weed everywhere, and sometimes people screaming in the middle of the night

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are a considerable amount of people who drink and smoke pot at night after at like 10 pm.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Our school has many options to support students with addiction and dependency issues which is not always available on campuses. The legal drinking age is 19, so there are younger drinkers, but it seems that people are more responsible because of that. At parties and events I've intended where alcohol and drugs occur, I have never seen anything more than the use of Marijuana and the occasional person using pills. People are usually discrete about it and I have never witnessed peer pressuring/deviancy training. People at UBC are quite respectful of everyone's opinions and lifestyle choices. There is a zero tolerance for paraphernalia and underage use in the dorms and public places, which deters a lot of visibility and misconduct.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Although there are students who smoke and drink, there aren't a lot of people who are drunk unless you are at school around 10 at night. There are sometimes students who smoke pot at their dorm but is not noticeable to many.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The resident advisors are lenient when it comes to drugs and alcohol, even if they catch you red-handed.


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Alcohol and marijuana are the most common drugs on campus. A key thing to know about college is that you will never need to "look" for drugs—they will be around you and most likely more than a few of your friends will have it or know where to get it. Rest assured: It will be a subject of conversation during a late-night outing. Students are allowed to consume alcohol in their dorm rooms and house lounges, but they are not allowed open alcohol in hallways and public areas. Furthermore, drinking games are restricted in all University residence buildings. If caught breaking any of the residence terms and agreements, students can receive a fine, be put on probation, and/or have their residence contract terminated. The University itself generally does not get involved with drinking violations, unless it interferes with Campus Security. Most violations are dealt with by residence coordinators or Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Most bars, clubs, and liquor stores require two pieces of identification: one primary, one secondary. Primary IDs include any form of government-issued picture IDs with your legal name and date of birth. Secondary IDs can be anything with your name, such as a credit card or medical card. Students are not generally peer-pressured into doing anything they don't want to, but keep in mind that drugs such as marijuana are socially accepted by most students. Thus, it is not uncommon to smell marijuana at night when passing more remote locations. Student residences have a strict no-drug policy.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Brock Hall, Room 1040
(604) 822-3811
Individual counseling is available, in addition to referrals.
Did You Know?
  • The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.
  • The RCMP can fine and arrest anyone with open alcohol in public.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 22 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% Ecstasy
  • 7% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 29% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 24% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 43% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 10% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 48% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 33% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 21 responses

  • 29% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 52% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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