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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is very prevalent at the University, but not so much that it changes people completely. The drug use is limited to a smaller amount of students like at all campuses. It is pretty easy to get caught up in it if you are not careful. If you tell people you don't drink or you don't do drugs, however, they completely respect it and no one treats you differently if you do not participate. You are still welcome at the parties and traditions, even if you decide not to drink. It is a great atmosphere for people like me, who rarely drink, as well as for people who drink all the time and those who don't drink at all. There are people who belong to each category and they all feel completely welcome and accepted in any situation involving alcohol.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many people do drugs but only within their friends groups.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's pretty prevalent. You can find drugs at any party if you wanted. "Study drugs" are a pretty common thing as well.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No peer pressure, you can have fun with or without drugs or alcohol

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There ar dungs, but you can say no and no one will hate you for it.


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Like many things on the campus of Ole Miss, what you see isn’t always what you get. Outwardly, Ole Miss appears to have no drugs, but there are groups that do use them, whether prescription or illegal. If that is your scene, you can find what you want. It just takes knowing the right people, which is true in most towns. But be careful, cops here might shrug off beer in a cup during football games, but they do not overlook hard drugs. They have a very strict drug policy in Mississippi, and Oxford is very much in step with the state on that issue. The fines are heavy, and the jail time is worse. If you choose to do drugs, be careful—and not just because you can get in trouble from the authorities.

Alcohol is, by far, the most heavily used drug at Ole Miss. It may seem strange the first time you go into the Grove and have lunch at a friend’s tent with his or her parents, and they’re all sitting and drinking together—even the ones who are underage—but that’s life at Ole Miss. There’s a common phrase that’s plastered on shirts and posters that says, “Oxford is a drinking town with a football problem.” That perfectly sums up what you will see during the school year. Sure, there are some groups who are adamantly opposed to drinking, but those groups are few and far between at Ole Miss. If the drinking scene isn’t for you, you may want to go armed with similarly minded friends. You’ll have to get used to the fact that everyone around you will be drinking and that you will ultimately end up as the designated driver all the time.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Diet pills
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
(662) 915-3784
Students meet several times a week in psycho-educational groups, process groups, and individual sessions.
Drug Counseling Programs
Harm Reduction
(662) 915-3784
For students seeking to modify alcohol and drug use habits
Drug Counseling Programs
(662) 915-3784
For students trying to establish or maintain an alcohol-free and drug-free way of life
Drug Counseling Programs
Young People's AA Meeting
(662) 915-3784

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 77 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 22% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 22% Marijuana
  • 10% Cocaine
  • 5% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 4% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 78 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 44% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 79 responses

  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 51% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 78 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 22% Somewhat limited.
  • 37% Somewhat abundant.
  • 37% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 77 responses

  • 34% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 38% 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.
  • 10% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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