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Drug Safety


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3 College Student

Drug Safety: There will always be drugs around at any school, but for the most part they are limited to off-campus establishments.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Honestly, you won't see drunk students roaming around unless you go directly into the buildings/dorms and you it's a little harder to determine whether someone is high or not. So the drugs are there but they aren't in your face.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is fairly easy to get your hands on drugs and/or alcohol here, as it is with most college towns. However, if you do not wish to take part in any of these you will not be frowned upon.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: UNCW is extremely strict about drugs being on campus. I personally have not seen any drugs or have spoken to anyone who takes part in drug illegalization, but I do know that it does exist on campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's neither bad nor good, you definitely see drunk people walking around on friday and saturday nights but it's never overwhelming.

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UNCW is a college just like any other college in that there are going to be situations with drugs and alcohol present. However, some people think that UNCW is more of a party school because of its location near the beach, but this isn't true. There are plenty of other activities, opportunities, and involvement options for students who don't want to participate in drinking or drug activity. How involved students are with drinking or drugs is really up to them, their decisions, and their friend groups, so it's nice that there's no pressure, and there's more than one choice.

People don't look differently at students that choose not to partake. Social drinking situations are available for those who want to participate, but UNCW takes its student code of conduct seriously and makes sure its rules are enforced. If students are caught drinking underage or in possession of alcohol or any other drugs, citations or tickets are issued, and students must report to the Office of the Dean of Students. Alcohol possession is allowed if students are of age, but these individuals must label their alcohol and must not supply any for other students.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
DePaolo Hall, second floor
(910) 962-3746
Counseling center services include consultation, assessment, counseling, and referrals.
Did You Know?
UNCW CROSSROADS is the substance abuse awareness program on campus, headquartered in DePaolo Hall, that puts on a lot of programs and awareness events around campus. CROSSROADS aims to educate students in smart decision-making, not scold for drinking or drug use.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 61 responses

  • 42% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 61 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 31% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 49% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 60 responses

  • 13% Very limited.
  • 32% Somewhat limited.
  • 50% Somewhat abundant.
  • 5% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 60 responses

  • 47% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 40% 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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