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Drug Safety


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Drug Safety: Marijuana is legal in Washington, so the rules for marijuana on campus are very similar to that of alcohol. There is no three strikes type of policy. If you get written up you will have to talk to the dean, but it isn't a huge deal. It's all based on the severity of the offense and if you just get caught drinking in your dorm room its never a big deal. RA's are also fairly understanding.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Relatively easy access to drugs and alcohol, but a decent portion of students do not regularly use drugs or alchohol

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not smoking pot puts you in the minority.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no peer pressure at all, and most students act responsibly and know what they're doing.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Washington so weed is legal so...

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Puget Sound is a dry campus, which means that no open containers of alcohol are allowed, unless you are 21 and live still live in the dorms. At that point, you are allowed to drink in the privacy of your own room. There are also a few school-sponsored events that provide alcoholic beverages for special occasions, like senior gifts and such. The most prevalent drug at Puget Sound is alcohol, followed by marijuana, but this activity is done in the comfort of one's own room for obvious reasons. Some students may take harder drugs, but you don’t commonly see or hear about that. The frisky freshman may try to smoke in his or her room, and depending on the RA's ability to discern risky business, may or may not get caught. Often freshmen will "pre-game" in their rooms and then make the trek to the party, but you will often hear of an RA making a bust and writing them up.

The drinking scene changes as you move from freshman status to upperclassman. During the fall semester, a fortunate passerby may bear witness to the phenomenon of freshman clumping, where mass groups head to parties that they’ve heard of from upperclassmen or word of mouth. There may be a kegger or double kegger, but often it's BYOB, and if you're under 21 and are looking to partake in "illegal" activity, you will have to make friends with an upperclassman. For the most part, everyone stays close to campus to party together at a house party or frat dance party. You don't come to Puget Sound for the party scene, but this doesn't mean you won’t have the best of times!

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling, Health, & Wellness Services
Wheelock Student Center 216
(253) 879-1555

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 32 responses

  • 40% Marijuana
  • 36% Alcohol
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 0% None
  • 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 32 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 16% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 44% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 34% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 19% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 59% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 16% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 32 responses

  • 3% Very limited.
  • 31% Somewhat limited.
  • 53% Somewhat abundant.
  • 12% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 32 responses

  • 28% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 66% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 6% 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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