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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you go out, you'll see drug usage. You might feel pressured to drink but there isn't pressure to do other drugs unless you want to

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Some people drink too much, but there are great things like MERT and the Penn Police to help keep students safe. Student safety is a big concern with the administration, but sometimes students go a bit overboard.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many people smoke marijuana, including in the dorms, and school paper specials have focused on people doing drugs like weed and cocaine. Hard drugs aren't as visible, but they're rumored to be present in Greek life. Drinking seems more popular, though-almost omnipresent.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is very low but a lot of people do drink or smoke weed or something.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many flyers on campus to help people with addictions. Very positive

I don't feel threatened by people taking drugs.

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Not surprisingly, alcohol and marijuana are common and easily obtained at Penn. However, students feel that the drug scene is easy to avoid if you simply do not make an effort to become involved in it. Since very few people have cars on campus, designated drivers are not necessary, which may decrease the number of sober people at parties. There are, of course, other drugs of choice among smaller groups of students. Cocaine, ecstasy, and opium are among those that can be found on campus in some instances, but it seems that most students make it through their Penn career without coming in contact with any of these.

It is easy to set your own standard of drug use while you are here. If you do not drink or do drugs at all, you will not necessarily feel deterred from going to parties, joining a fraternity, or finding people to hang out with. On the other hand, if drugs are a part of your every day life, you can find people to smoke with all the time. Besides alcohol, marijuana is the most common drug, and there is a relatively large amount of people who smoke at least occasionally. If you are into harder drugs, you can still find them, but you'll have to search a little bit harder than you would have to for beer and pot. Some say that if you join the rumored "drug frat," you should be all set.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services
(215) 898-7021
Free, confidential, and professional screening and intervention
Drug Counseling Programs
Drug and Alcohol Resource Team
(215) 573-3525
Workshops and other educational activities

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 51 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% Cocaine
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% None
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 50 responses

  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 34% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 32% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 26% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 55% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 31% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 13% Somewhat limited.
  • 37% Somewhat abundant.
  • 46% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 49 responses

  • 41% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 37% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 22% 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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