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Drug Safety


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4 College Student

Drug Safety: Due to the partying nature of the campus alcohol is quite abundant.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are everywhere, but responsible students are around, too. It just depends what crowd you go with.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: you don't have to take part, but some do

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's a lot of police making sure things are kept into context

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I see it everyday but it's not overly used.

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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 167 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 166 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 19% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 37% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 167 responses

  • 5% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 35% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 167 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 38% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 168 responses

  • 26% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 53% 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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