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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Basically all weed and alcohol. We are clearly a tobacco-free campus.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I can smell weed nearly everywhere on campuse, but the school never tries to do anything with it. Lots people do or know people do recreational drugs and etc.. People don't seem responsible for others. And since it's a large school, it's actually pretty hard to find like-minded people who don't really enjoy drugs/alcohol.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It depends on which spectrum you're on. Drugs are easy to come across and easy to buy.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People will find a way to drink and get drugs in

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You can get anything if you try. Crazy drug conversations in the showers. Lots of sniffing lines.

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It is far more common for students at UMass to use alcohol on the weekends than drugs, but marijuana takes a close second. Other drugs that could be considered "popular" here are prescription drugs like Adderall and ecstasy, but users of hard drugs tend to stay under the radar about their behavior. Due to the huge population at UMass, it is possible to find any type of drug you could ever want, but drugs are also completely avoidable. You may be asked if you want to drink or smoke weed (most likely for the sake of politeness), but don't worry about being pressured to use hard drugs unless you seek them out. Central Residential Area has the most noticeable drug culture on campus, but Southwest is not far behind. However, the UMPD and Amherst Police Department do their jobs well and deter people from doing drugs. For example, a large drug bust was made in Southwest one semester, and police confiscated large quantities of drugs and money. Sure enough, the front page of the next day's Daily Collegian was completely devoted to this story. Tactics like this are just one of the ways police remind students that drugs will not be tolerated on campus. Basically, the bottom line is that yes, drugs are around and available. But if you wish to not partake in the activity, there are plenty of other activities to consume your time.

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
Fresh & Sober
University Health Services
(413) 577-5188
Anonymous support group, mentoring system, support network

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 144 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Ecstasy
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% None
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 146 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 51% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 27% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 145 responses

  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 47% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 50% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 144 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 12% Somewhat limited.
  • 57% Somewhat abundant.
  • 31% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 145 responses

  • 23% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 54% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 21% 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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