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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I can deal with it.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not many i know drink

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not prominent or widely accessible at UCR.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Word of mouth usually. Nothing out of the ordinary

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's noticeable that people use drugs and alcohol, but most people are smart about it. There isn't really any peer pressure to drink or do drugs as far as I know, as my friend group doesn't push me to try something I don't want to. Policy enforcement depends on the person.


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The Riverside Police force stationed on campus keeps the drug scene nearly invisible; nevertheless, like at any college, there are those who still partake in drugs, but usually only in the privacy of their own homes. The majority of students who participates in the drug scene sticks to alcohol, primarily at parties and other social events, or marijuana. Illegal drugs are typically used on campus in the dorms, despite the academic consequences if caught, which can range from a fine to jail time. UCR itself has an active drug prevention campaign and offers counseling to those in need. Generally, drug users keep their habits to themselves, though “potheads” and “pill-poppers” can turn up at parties around campus.

Unfortunately, alcohol and other drugs are easily accessible to underage students, but by personal choice rather than peer pressure. Indeed, most students are of the opinion that a good social life is available without drugs or alcohol. Overall, drugs are easy to avoid at UCR and are by no means pervasive.

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 Center
Veitch Student Center, North Wing
(951) 827-5531
Counseling, support groups
Did You Know?
Although there has been a year-to-year decline in the use of heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines among adolescents, the misuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications is a growing concern.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 136 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% None
  • 6% Ecstasy
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 137 responses

  • 12% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 50% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 24% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 138 responses

  • 14% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 25% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 32% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 137 responses

  • 16% Very limited.
  • 24% Somewhat limited.
  • 43% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 137 responses

  • 48% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 39% 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.
  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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