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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are definitely used by many at my school, but I would not say people abuse their use. I know plenty of people who do not partake in drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many students drink heavily multiple times per week and some also partake in other recreational drug use. The use of Adderall as a study aid is definitely not unheard of.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It all happens in IV but on campus you will probably not see people doing drugs in front of you.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Don't be pressured and have a mind of your own. Fun

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: This is a school where many people have personal experience with substances and can guide those who choose to experiment with them. You can trust people here because they have personal experience rather than just saying "drugs are bad." If you try a drug here, chances are you can talk to people who have done it so you know what you're getting yourself into.

I've personally not done a lot of drugs, and nobody treats me differently because of it.


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Marijuana and alcohol are the most commonly used drugs at UCSB; however, not all students drink or smoke. Due to the school's party reputation, it’s not hard to encounter a party on the weekends, when alcohol is freely being served, but many manage to go through their four years without feeling pressured to partake in these activities. Aside from alcohol and marijuana, drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, and mushrooms can be easily found, although they are not as widely used. Students seem to agree that while the access to alcohol is somewhat abundant, the access to drugs is only noticeable if you are searching for them.

The use of prescription study drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse has increased in the past few years, with many students taking them to cram for finals. Although no students seem to be overdosing from these drugs, they can widely be found around campus. Like most decisions, the decision to do drugs and drink is entirely optional. Most of the student body drinks; however, there is no apparent backlash for choosing not to do so. Drugs are obviously available, but depend entirely on whom you surround yourself with. If you are looking for drugs, then it’s likely you’ll be able to score some, but if you’re not looking, then it’s highly likely you won’t see much drug use.

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
UCSB Alcohol & Drug Program
Embarcadero Hall, Room 110
Santa Barbara
(805) 893-3371
Individual appointments are available, in addition to other program events.
Did You Know?
The UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program offers free, confidential counseling on all topics involving addictive behaviors, including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, gambling, study drugs, and Internet use.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 182 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 180 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 18% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 39% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 179 responses

  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 34% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 42% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 181 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 40% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 181 responses

  • 27% 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.
  • 18% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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