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Drug Safety


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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I think that drinking is pretty prevalent on our campus, but drugs don't seem to be as popular-- except marijuana, but even that isn't too bad.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have yet to see any hard drugs (anything besides weed)

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: people I have met at the University of Minnesota never pressured me into drink or doing drugs. I have never done drugs in my whole life, and there is not a person who made a negative comment about that. I think it depends on who you know. If you are hanging with the wrong crowd then the story might have been different. But I try to stay far away from those type of students so never had a problem with drinking or drugs. Choose a good crowd and you should be fine.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have never felt pressured to drink or do drugs. You can still have a great time without partaking in those types of activities.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have seen lots of bad experiences with underage drinking and drug use but the university does an okay job trying to prevent it.


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It is impossible to stay away completely from drugs when living in such an urban environment. But what makes it bearable at U of M is that every individual is respected for their choice to use or abstain. The most common drug is alcohol, especially at parties. People smoke marijuana and other drugs, too, but students don't stand around the corner smoking; such activities are confined. One will have to look for people and sources who use drugs because they aren't explicitly out there. Drinking and smoking in the dorms is banned. Campus security and cops are in the area, busting down parties that are too disruptive and keeping students in check. These violations are taken more seriously if on campus. Students in dorms who get caught have to write a reflection paper, do community service, or get kicked out of the dorm (but it is too extreme to be realistic for drinking). Drinking is a common part of college culture. Many students who didn't drink in high school try new things in college. However, it is completely acceptable for a student to say no, and still be able to enjoy time with friends. People will offer you drinks (and sometimes drugs), but declining will not affect your "coolness." Whether a student decides to indulge in alcohol and drug usage or not, their choices will be respected and will not affect their relationships with their friends.

One thing to remember is to be courteous to people around you. While some people are getting rowdy and partying in one room, the neighbor might be studying for a midterm coming up. Dinkytown on weekends can be an interesting (and often entertaining) place to be because many parties are in the area, and a lot of drunk people roam around either party-hopping or grabbing some food. But even then, there are many places for a student to hang out, away from the influence of drugs, and still have a good time.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Mental Health Clinic
410 Church St. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 625-3222
Drug and alcohol issues are addressed.
Did You Know?
Hideaway is a gift store in Dinkytown which sells hookah supplies.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 145 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

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

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 38% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 45% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 10% 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 146 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 17% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 51% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 23% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 145 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 24% Somewhat limited.
  • 52% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Practically unlimited.

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

  • 38% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 50% 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.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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