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Drug Safety


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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't really see drugs at school so i wouldn't know

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The only substance used here is alcohol

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: All the students support legalization of marijuana.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I honostly haven't ran into any drugs on campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have not seen anyone being peer pressure to do alcohol or drugs.


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El Paso, a neighboring city to a violent drug war in Juarez, does not necessarily have a big drug scene. Both cities are different drifts: grey skies in Juarez and blue skies in El Paso. El Paso has been ranked as the second safest city in the nation by many sources, trailing only Honolulu for the lowest crime rate of a city with more than 500,000 people.

Students do not face any pressure from classmates or friends to engage in drug activity. The atmosphere is respectable and does not encourage students to get involved in drugs or bad behavior. Students are focused on achieving goals and helping other students with their studies; straying from the path is not in the picture, and students will always put their education first. UTEP has no tolerance for drug use on campus. Students caught with illegal drugs will be suspended. Violations against school policy are immediately dealt with by either the campus police or the El Paso Police Department.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
202 Union West
El Paso
(915) 747-5302
The Counseling Center has held conferences on drug and alcohol abuse.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 126 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 27% Marijuana
  • 22% None
  • 5% Ecstasy
  • 3% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Steroids
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 128 responses

  • 37% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 43% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 3% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 125 responses

  • 30% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 37% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 124 responses

  • 35% Very limited.
  • 30% Somewhat limited.
  • 23% Somewhat abundant.
  • 13% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 125 responses

  • 62% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 27% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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