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Drug Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: "Thirsty Thursdays" is a popular weekly drinking event. Students can get creative with underage drinking. Lots of underage drinking occurs in frat/apartment parties and in the dorms. And lots of inexperienced drinkers get sent to Reagan Hospital for alcohol poisoning.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: really just happens at fraternity parties

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Westwood and Los Angeles as a whole gets a bad reputation for gang-related crimes and drug trafficking, but UCLA as a whole is pretty safe as long as you stay away from the drugs and alcohol some students bring in.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I am not sure about the drug scene since I tend to avoid parties. I have heard there is some peer pressure. underage students are able to find a way to get alcohol

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I think it's not bad in terms of drug safety when you live in a dorm

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Either a drug scene doesn't exist at UCLA or students are just so super-smart that they can hide it extremely well. Though they're available if you know where to look, hard drugs simply aren't out in the open. The only exception is finals week, when, in true UCLA fashion, dozens of dedicated Bruins pop Adderall in a quest to conquer that fifth all-nighter in a row. Though other drugs are hard to come by, people certainly don't hesitate to blaze next to, around, and (gasp!) on campus, but care is taken to avoid the constantly perusing UC Police. UCLA is by no means a stoner school, but students seem to over-indulge on weed to make up for the lack of visible hard drugs. And, of course, there is the ever-visible alcohol, which no Bruin will ever have a hard time tracking down. 

Off-campus drug usage is common for students who want to explore the medium. Marijuana is the most available drug, followed by ecstasy, then cocaine. Most students do not plunge further into the realm of drug usage beyond that, and classes require more attention than the daily use of drugs allows.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
John Wooden Center West, 221 Westwood Plaza
(310) 825-0768
Group counseling, individual counseling
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Psychological Services
John Wooden Center West
(310) 825-7291
Screening tests, brief interventions

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 230 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 230 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 49% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 9% 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 230 responses

  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 19% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 230 responses

  • 8% Very limited.
  • 23% Somewhat limited.
  • 54% Somewhat abundant.
  • 14% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 230 responses

  • 41% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 49% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 9% 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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