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Drug Safety


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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everyone at UVA drinks, and if you don't, it's noticeable. Anyone saying otherwise is just trying to convince you to come here. In terms of drugs, I definitely see it everywhere, and that's not a huge problem. I personally have no problem with drug use, and other than excessive study drugs that start taking a toll on people mentally, I don't see many drug problems here.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'm not really sure of it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: prevalence of alcohol and prescription "study drugs" such as adderall

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Excessive drinking is pretty common here. I don't drink so I am not worried about my safety. But I do worry about my friends occasionally.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Depends on who you hang out with, but students are mostly very caring of one another, even when there is a lot of drinking.


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Most students don't think of UVA as a drug school. The most-used drug among students is alcohol by far. Generally, if you don't know about drugs or aren't interested in knowing about them, you'll never see the scene around Charlottesville. Some students feel as though marijuana and cocaine are a problem, but for the most part no one sees heavy drug use. Some sororities and fraternities are known for certain drugs, but again, if you don't know about it, you don't see it.

While there definitely are drugs at UVA, the actual scene is a relatively small problem. Essentially, there is a niche for every type of substance, but you'll really have to go looking for any hard drugs. This is something you may run into after a few years in the area, but at first, you're not likely to notice it. In terms of peer pressure, a lot of people don't tend to feel it; while many parties have alcohol, there's little pressure to drink and harder drugs have much less of a presence at student functions. In the end, this school has one of the safer drug scenes around.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco
Drug Counseling Programs
Addiction Science Center
(434) 924-0399
Outpatient treatment program with free initial evaluation and consultation
Drug Counseling Programs
Addiction Treatment Program
Blue Ridge Hospital
(434) 924-5555
Inpatient treatment program
Drug Counseling Programs
Aid to Impaired Residents
(434) 924-2047
Information, consultation, intervention, and referrals for Health Sciences Center residents
Drug Counseling Programs
Assistance on Substance Abuse for Professional Nurses
(434) 924-5555
Information, consultation, intervention, and referrals for licensed professional nurses
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services
(434) 924-5556
Alcohol and substance abuse counseling; confidential evaluation and treatment of students with substance abuse concerns; family and group sessions, including groups for ACOAs and recovering students
Drug Counseling Programs
Institute for Substance Abuse Studies
(434) 924- 5276
Substance abuse prevention, education, treatment and research at the University
Drug Counseling Programs
Peer Health Educators
(434) 924-1509
A peer group trained in substance abuse information providing informal educational sessions
Drug Counseling Programs
University Police Department
(434) 924-7166
Information and seminars in the legal aspects of areas related to substance abuse

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 100 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 101 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 48% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% 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 101 responses

  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 10% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 40% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 49% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 100 responses

  • 4% Very limited.
  • 3% Somewhat limited.
  • 47% Somewhat abundant.
  • 46% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 100 responses

  • 23% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 17% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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