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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are not tolerated on campus. If you are caught you will be taken in by campus police and will have to go through the school disciplinary system.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I'm one of the few students I've met that don't drink at my college. People actively go out and I admit I do feel left out sometimes. But, I know I would feel uncomfortable to I don't feel too bad. Instead I focus my attention on other things that I enjoy doing that make me feel good. I have also been able to find and become close friends with others that don't drink as well. I have some friends who drink, but they aren't excessive with their drinking and don't shame or try to pressure me. But, alcohol is distributed quite loosely and without repercussion around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and weed are visible but other than that drugs are not a problem. Not participating in this activity does not make someone an outcast.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere. Marijuana is pretty common but usually confined to upstairs in fraternity houses, so that can be avoided if wanted. Same with cocaine. Other than that and maybe Adderall, there isn't much drug use

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no peer pressure. Students can choose not to partake in parties, drugs, etc and NO ONE WILL JUDGE YOU. Everyone will respect your decisions whatever they may be. Since it is a college campus alcohol is pretty prevalent and easy to access. Drugs are too i guess but its not super prevalent in the area I am in. There is definite drug usage but I don't know how much or what type. Administration is pretty lax if you are caught drinking and you are underage. UIUC goes on a three strike policy so the first strike is a warning, second strike you need to attend a class on drinking safety, third strike i think parents are notified and you are presented to a council to determine your future.

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The drug scene at U of I is limited to acid and pot for causal users, and even then, usage of these drugs is generally not very popular or extreme. These drugs are available, though, as most students say they either know of someone who has gotten drugs or someone who supplies drugs. Instead, alcohol is the substance of choice, and many students do abuse it. It is not uncommon to find students who drink four or five times a week. As a consequence, most substance abuse arrests are related to alcohol and range from fights to underage drinking to driving while under the influence. Occurences of violence, both physical and sexual, that are caused by alcohol are probably some of the larger problems caused by substance abuse on this campus. U of I tries to educate its students on these dangers, and it even requires all freshmen to take a class on rape drugs and ways to stay safe while around alcohol.

Of course, no matter how many seminars U of I sponsors, there will always be some students who have a problem with control and safety. The best thing you can do is avoid people and places that are dangerous and far from campus. Even if you and your friends head out for what you intend to be an innocent night on the town, you never know what can go on at a party once you get there. Champaign tends to be a harder scene, with more drugs present and available, especially in the seedier part of town. Practice self-control and safety around alcohol, and the rest should not be a problem.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Services at Counseling Center
(217) 333-3704
Assessment, counseling, outreach and consultation,intervention, referral
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Other Drug Office (AODO)
(217) 333-7757
AODO assessment and evaluation, group therapy, individual counseling, Challenging Alcohol Attitudes Positively (CAAP) classes, marijuana information classes, referrals/options to other area groups
Drug Counseling Programs
(217) 333-2700
Drug Counseling Programs
Faculty/Staff Assistance Program
(217) 244-5312
Confidential assessment, referral, and community program information
Drug Counseling Programs
L.W's Place
(217) 356-4600
Assessment, therapy
Drug Counseling Programs
The Pavilion
(217) 373-1700
Assessment, therapy
Drug Counseling Programs
Prairie Center for Substance Abuse
(217) 328-4500
Assessment, therapy

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 187 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 189 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 32% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 48% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 189 responses

  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 56% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 186 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 13% Somewhat limited.
  • 47% Somewhat abundant.
  • 39% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 186 responses

  • 30% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 22% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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