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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Again there are many resources on campus to prevent harm especially with drug use. You just have to have your association.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not seen any drugs and alcohol so far, and I have never been under any pressure to partake in them.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug use around campus is pretty known and average. The ones who do it, do it and the ones who don't are adjacent to it. I would say the drug scene is pretty average for a college campus with a little bit of it inflated due to the city we live in.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't seen too much of that happening around campus.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There are some people that take drugs to better focus, but that's about all I have seen.


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The drug scene on campus is very small, almost inconspicuous. Stories of drug use are not popular, and drugs are practically never seen. When drugs hit the social scene, if at all, it’s usually during a party, or it’s kept behind closed doors with friends. Those who could make any comment on the drug scene at UNLV were almost impossible to find, as drugs on campus are rare or hidden extremely well. However, the statistics do show that drugs are found somewhere at UNLV. Since a low percentage of students live on campus, you won’t be hit by a strong odor of marijuana smoke seeping under the doors, and since many students are older and have lives outside of the University, you won’t find potheads walking around campus, trying to make money by dealing.

Drinking is much more popular with students. Periodically, beer bottles can be found in the parking lot near the dorms, and with more than 500 bars in Las Vegas, drinking is a much easier and more socially acceptable habit to support. But then again, it’s not common to see students wasted and passed out on campus. Since it is expensive to drink, drinking is more of a social outing than a reason to get wasted.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
(702) 895-3627
Educational materials, programs, lectures, workshops, and training, organized student groups, and UNLV classes; alcohol and drug use assessment and treatment to enrolled UNLV students, free of charge

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 152 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 13% None
  • 8% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Ecstasy
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 154 responses

  • 15% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 57% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 18% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% 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 154 responses

  • 21% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 28% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 27% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 153 responses

  • 18% Very limited.
  • 35% Somewhat limited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 153 responses

  • 56% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 29% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 12% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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