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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are going to be everywhere but I feel like the strict policies are doing the best they can to control it.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: The university does a lot to educate students through AlcoholEdu and open discussion about it. There is a clear idea about what the reparations will be if students use alcohol and/or drugs.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's bad everywhere! Our country needs to make it a priority to get under control.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't partake in any of it so there is no peer pressure if you don't do it. Policies differ on where you live or where you go.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug and alcohol visibility is relatively high, but it is college. There is definitely a huge majority of the student body that drinks, but those students who do not drink find each other and definitely can still have a good time. The drug scene is definitely present, but pressure to partake is not prevalent. If you don't want to be a part of the drug or alcohol scene, it is easy to not, and there will always be students who share your views. Exact same goes for if you do. The attitude here is definitely laid back, and students can have an easy time fitting in whatever they choose to do.


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The drug scene at USC is not highly visible but exists nonetheless. Marijuana is the most common drug of choice, but a students can find almost anything if they really want to. The prominence of the drug scene depends on the crowd a student chooses to associate with. When students do choose to get high, they usually do it in privacy with their circle of friends or at parties. You will not see students pressuring anyone else into doing drugs because people are more concerned about using it for their own entertainment rather than making money by selling it. But if a student wants the drugs, they are there for the taking.

Alcohol stands alone in terms of consumption frequency and ease of attainment. Students of all ages drink in the dorms, in bars, and at parties. Unfortunately, even those who don’t drink are sometimes vexed by its consequences. Whether it’s the stench of barf in the elevator because someone couldn’t hold their liquor, or the loud hall mates who wake you up in the wee hours of the morning, alcohol affects everyone. There is no way to escape exposure to it, but then again, there is rarely peer pressure to drink if you don’t want to. The extent of a student’s exposure to drugs really depends on their friends and the atmosphere in which they live.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Program
(585) 275-3161
Treatment for patients with alcohol and drug problems through therapy and substance abuse sessions
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Human Development Center
(585) 777-5223
Substance abuse workshop, which increases students' personal awareness of their relationship with drugs and helps them make healthier lifestyle choices
Drug Counseling Programs
Thomson Student Health Center
(585) 275-2361
Smoking cessation programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 150 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 27% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 5% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 150 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 38% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 33% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 151 responses

  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 19% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 151 responses

  • 5% Very limited.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 29% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 150 responses

  • 27% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 53% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 7% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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