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Drug Safety


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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: large security presence, but not too strict on drinking on campus

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Students really don't care what you do. There are many people that do drugs of some form, and there are many people who don't do any drugs. It's totally up to you and people don't make you feel bad for your choices.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of people drink in school and some even use drugs.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is not much drug use at school.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drugs are commonplace but not horrible. Could be worse.

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There is very little drug use at UCSD besides marijuana. UCSD students are very conscious about studying, and oftentimes believe that drug use is detrimental to their success at school, so there are practically no hard drugs found at UCSD. Marijuana use is an entirely different story. UCSD definitely has its share of “pot heads,” and many students hardly even consider marijuana a drug. As long as they continue to do well in school, most students think of marijuana use as a common pastime.

Quite a few UCSD students expressed that they have tried marijuana a few times or are regular users, but there is no pressure to use drugs or drink at UCSD. Some students drink and smoke regularly, before and after they turn 21, others never. Some students drink regularly before and after they turn 21, making alcohol the most dominate substance on campus (though there is little peer pressure to drink). Having a designated driver is important and is probably the biggest concern at UCSD.

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Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Psychology and Counseling Center
(858) 534-3755
Appointments with psychologists are available to discuss alcohol, drugs, or any other problem college students face. They also offer group counseling and peer counseling. Check out psychservices.ucsd.edu for more information

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 122 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Ecstasy
  • 4% None
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 122 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 39% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 121 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 21% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 45% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 26% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 121 responses

  • 10% Very limited.
  • 50% Somewhat limited.
  • 36% Somewhat abundant.
  • 5% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 120 responses

  • 44% 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.
  • 10% 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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