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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People definitely drink at Mizzou, but I would not say it is out of control. Beyond this, other drugs are very rare -- I have not even seen marijuana and I live on campus.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of students drink alcohol, but I wouldn't say that all of them do. I think enforcing the policy that has been enacted by the Res Halls is important because it's all about thinking about how one's actions can effect another's. The Mizzou Police Department does a good job at handling the situations when notified and goes into dorms telling students to be conscious of what they're doing and the realities that could potentially be theirs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I do not use drugs, so I do not know.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are cracked down upon but not many students participate in doing drugs

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You don't see a lot of people doing drugs. The dorms have a strict policy against it and the authorities are always called when they find someone doing drugs. Most people are caught if they do drugs.


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The main "drug" on MU's infamous "dry" campus would have to be alcohol. People party it up on campus, downtown, and in Greek houses and private homes. Pot does enter the realm of party-goers every once in a while, but big drugs, such as coke or meth, are not easily available. If someone is looking to get these drugs, there are ways, as there are ways everywhere else, but Mizzou students stick to celebrating with a good ol' beer instead of hitting the hard drugs. Most students have either tried or been around pot smoking, but it is not something that students set out to participate in. 

Drinking on campus, mainly in the dorms, is not looked on favorably. Students will get in trouble and be written up. In many cases, for the first offense, they have to take a $50 class and are reprimanded by the RAs. During football games, parts of campus do become part of the "wet campus," but even in these areas, there are police patrolling for underage drinking (and they will give tickets—they don't give warnings). Drinking and driving is also strict. Both penalties for a DUI and an MIP (minor in possession) can be very severe, sometimes costing thousands of dollars. MUPD (the University of Missouri Police Department) as well as the CPD (Columbia Police Department) are starting to crack down on underage drinking and drunk driving.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT)
200 Bingham Commons
(573) 882-4634
Students counsel other students against the dangers of drugs and alcohol use.
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
119 Parker Hall
(573) 882-6601
Students can seek individual or group counseling, and drug and alcohol evaluations.
Drug Counseling Programs
Wellness Resource Center
G202 MU Student Center
(573) 882-4634
Programs that encourage students to drink responsibly and to avoid predatory drugs ("roofies").

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 134 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% None
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 135 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 16% 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 135 responses

  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 134 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 25% Somewhat limited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 27% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 133 responses

  • 28% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 52% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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