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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I think most of it is derived from Greek Life. As a former Greek I was witness to many underage drinkers and users during parties

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of students do drugs with little to no effect on their academics.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am not the type of person to go out and party. I don't drink and have never done any type of drug. For me I try to avoid the people that get into drugs because they are just people I don't really want to be around. I am able to have fun without partaking in those actions.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People don't really flaunt their alcohol and drugs, but most people definitely partake in those activities

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2 College Student

Drug Safety: Most students seem like they party and don't care about school so if you are in to that then this is the school for you. If you hate sitting in class next to a hung over college student that can only talk about the parties that happened last night then this is not a campus you want to go to


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When UM students performed in the play "Reefer Madness," the audience split into the 60 percent of people who viewed it as satire and smoked pot during the performance, and the 40 percent of people who took the play seriously and vowed to stay away from the green menace. Suffice it to say, many Missoulians and UM students smoke marijuana. Since the Montana Marijuana Act of 2004, which legalized medical marijuana, there are now 15,000 marijuana patients and 3,000 caregivers. Despite marijuana's prevalence, drug use tends to be a topic students only know about if they do it. Most nonsmokers know little about the drug scene and feel no outside pressure. If they do encounter friends who want them to drink or smoke, the friends usually say, "More for me!" and don't press the subject.

Officers do not turn a blind eye to underage drinking and illegal drug use. In a town like Missoula with very little violent crime, drug- and alcohol-related offenses become a high priority among both the campus and community police. Beer rivals marijuana for Missoula's drug of choice. Missoula holds many brew festivals, featuring several locally-brewed Montana beers. The Kettlehouse, Charlie B's, and the James Bar's "Dirty Bastard" beer collectively make beer almost a classy, cultured drink. UM students bring beer down a notch in sophistication, with "Beer Pong Olympics" common at parties.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
Drug Counseling Programs
Self Over Substances
Curry Health Center, 634 Eddy Ave.
(406) 243-2290
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers substance abuse counseling for students.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 76 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% None
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 76 responses

  • 1% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 24% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 46% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 25% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 76 responses

  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 16% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 75 responses

  • 3% Very limited.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 57% Somewhat abundant.
  • 21% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 75 responses

  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 56% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 13% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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