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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug and alcohol consumption is fairly high but it is somewhat invisible if you want it to be.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You can totally survive in the school even if you do not take drugs.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is extremely easy to get from upperclassmen if you want it, and most people who drink have their own alcohol stashes in their dorm rooms.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No one will pressure you to do something bad.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't feel any pressure at all.

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The drug scene is considerably tame for a wealthy school in the middle of a city that is famous for partying. Drinking is a daily custom in most fraternity houses at USC, especially when girls are around. On campus, drinking is prevalent but more discrete. Although more conservative social circles claim to be opposed to smoking and abusing heavier drugs, students are not blind to the fact that people get drunk and stoned at parties.

Basically, the wildest party-goers, mostly affluent Greek students, seek out cocaine and usually find it if they are willing to spend big bucks. For the most part, there is a lot of drinking, less marijuana smoking (but still a significant amount), and a small amount of cocaine and ecstasy abuse, usually reserved for big party nights. Hallucinogenic mushrooms hit campus occasionally and are usually bought up by marijuana smokers seeking a more intense high. For a school that was famous during the '80s and '90s for having the best cocaine in the West, USC has tamed down considerably. Even coffee, cigarettes, and Ritalin, three staple drugs for fast-moving students all over the country, are not very popular at USC, probably due to the fact that people are more health conscious here than in most other places.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
29
Alcohol-Related Arrests
3
Drug-Related Referrals
47
Drug-Related Arrests
8
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Al-Anon
(818) 760-7122
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
(323) 936-4343
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
University Religious Center 205
Drug Counseling Programs
Cocaine Anonymous
(310) 216-4444
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
(213) 740-7711
Referrals
Drug Counseling Programs
DEC Consultation
One-on-one sessions sanctioned through and/or referred by a Resident Advisor, a Greek House Advisor, or Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards
Drug Counseling Programs
Marijuana Anonymous
(323) 964-2370
Drug Counseling Programs
The Resource Room
(213) 740-4777
Literature on drug and alcohol related issues
Drug Counseling Programs
Solutions and Strategies Substance Abuse Support
(213) 740-7711
Counseling services

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 167 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% Cocaine
  • 5% None
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 166 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 34% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 17% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 166 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 40% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 34% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 167 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 50% Somewhat abundant.
  • 31% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 168 responses

  • 40% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 45% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 12% 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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