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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I'd say it's like a typical college campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: bad things don't come from it often

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everything is here if you're looking for it, but it's invisible if you're not. Besides alcohol, that's pretty visible as people are getting into cabs to head down to the beach for parties.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: not a big presence of drugs. especially not hard drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People definitely like to party and drink (and do drugs-- but this is less prevalent) but not everyone does it and you can definitely find people who don't partake in these activities.

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Drug use at USD isn’t quite a taboo topic, but very rarely are drugs discussed on campus. Aside from alcohol, marijuana is easily the most common drug among students. There is little to no pressure to partake in any form of drug use. If you want to find it, you can. If you want to avoid it altogether, you can. Anyone uncomfortable or uninterested with alcohol or drug use can find like-minded people. At off-campus parties, there is normally beer and liquor, often supplied by the host, but it is easy enough to turn down a drink without feeling embarrassed or awkward. With marijuana, there is even less pressure to partake. Another common drug, especially during finals week, is Adderall. Many feel the end-of-the-semester pressure and the need to succeed, and students who slacked off during the semester think buying these pills is an easy fix.

Even though drug use at USD is not necessarily common, at nearby San Diego State University, there is a much greater presence of drugs, in quantity and variety. This makes it easy for interested students to access other drugs. Be careful, though—being caught with drugs on USD’s campus is a major offense, and there can be very serious consequences.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP)
Hahn University Center 161
San Diego
(619) 260-4618
Education programs, individual consultations and assessments, interventions, services for students seeking to address substance abuse or dependence
Drug Counseling Programs
The Counseling Center
Serra Hall, Room 300
San Diego
(619) 260-4655
Group and individual counseling, referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 80 responses

  • 38% Marijuana
  • 33% Alcohol
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 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 80 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 42% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% 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 80 responses

  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 16% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 80 responses

  • 12% Very limited.
  • 30% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 79 responses

  • 42% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 47% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 11% 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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