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3 College Student

Drug Safety: Obviously since marijuana is recreational, there are dispensaries close to campus. I do not use drugs because I must get a hair test for my job back home in Las Vegas. People absolutely do not peer pressure, however, there have been times I feel bored with friends who do smoke while I am sober. I do not associate with people who use any hard drug, we are just not in the same crowd. I know my friends in Greek life have easier access to alcohol than non-Greeks. Alcohol or drug visibility on campus, particularly the dorms, is not tolerated.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's in the Pacific Northwest, so marijuana is legal and abundant. You'll occasionally hear about use of psychedelics (i.e acid, shrooms) but you'll never encounter any hard drugs up here.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't want to be in the party scene you don't have to be in the party seen. Since Marijuana is legal in Oregon it is quite abundant.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: It's in the Northwest, so it's definitely a big weed school (which is legal for recreational use in Oregon) but it's a very tame scene- I've never come across any hard drugs.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: see it a lot with people talking about and stuff


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It's a well-known fact among many Eugenians that weed spreads like wildfire. UO's drug scene could be frowned on by some based on how readily available such substances as marijuana and mushrooms are. However, one characteristic of the drug scene around Eugene is that peer pressure is rarely an issue; although there is a visible segment of the population that chooses to partake, you're not likely to feel left out if you say no. Security officials do make an effort to combat drug pushers, but marijuana (and other drugs, to a lesser degree) is still easy to come by. Students speak of harder drugs such as cocaine and LSD being common, but everything besides marijuana and mushrooms seems to be kept quiet.

UO's drug scene is very lifestyle-based, which means that it's easy to avoid. If you choose not to hang out with people who do drugs, you may not even encounter them during your time on campus. Although it seems like the drug scene is more prevalent than at other colleges, the absence of peer pressure and pushing means that the campus still has a safe, positive atmosphere overall. You really won't find any college campus where drugs are not talked about or present.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling & Testing Center
E. 13th Avenue at Agate Street
On campus
(541) 346-3227
Drug Counseling Programs
HIV Alliance
1966 Garden Ave.
(541) 342-5088
Drug Counseling Programs
Serenity Lane
616 E. 16th Ave.
(541) 687-1110
Alcohol and drug rehab
Drug Counseling Programs
Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP)
180 Esslinger Hall
On campus
(541) 346-4135

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 123 responses

  • 35% Marijuana
  • 35% Alcohol
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 136 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 22% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 32% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 132 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 17% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 52% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 120 responses

  • 8% Very limited.
  • 27% Somewhat limited.
  • 49% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 120 responses

  • 33% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 49% 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.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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