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Drug Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: About once a week you can smell weed in the dorm, but the RAs usually put a quick stop to it.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Virginia Tech is like most any large college. There is fairly easy access to alcohol and parties. The campus police do enforce policy, but they are also understanding if you are cooperative and respectful.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of students have access to drugs but you can easily get caught and nobody looks at you differently if you don't drink or do drugs.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I do not really know. Like every where in the world, if you want it, it's there. However, it is not very prominent at Virginia Tech.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No Hokies Left Behind- go with friends, stay with friends, leave with friends


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Students say that in order to find people using drugs at Virginia Tech, you have to go looking for them. While drug use does happen, it’s not very visible around campus. If students are going to use a substance, it’s usually alcohol or caffeine. The most commonly heard-about drug being used around campus is marijuana. Most students at Tech don’t encounter any drug use at parties or on campus. Students say that if you want to avoid drugs, it is very easy to do; it is as simple as picking who you want to hang out with. Virginia Tech has a “zero tolerance” rule when it comes to drugs, so if you are caught using drugs, it is almost guaranteed you’ll be suspended—if not expelled.

Alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco are the most popular substances on campus, while illegal drugs are harder to find. Drugs are definitely around the University, but not blatantly so. Virginia Tech has strict policies against the use of illegal drugs, and students face harsh penalties if caught. There is, inevitably, some drug activity at Tech, but most students agree that avoiding drugs is almost easier than finding them.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol Abuse Prevention at Virginia Tech
Facts, statistics, and information about student drinking at Virginia Tech, as well as information on the consequences of drinking at www.alcohol.vt.edu
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
(540) 231-6557
Meetings twice a week at Virginia Tech's Counseling Center and other locations
Drug Counseling Programs
Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center
(540) 231-6557
Online assessment tests for depression, alcohol dependency, eating disorders, and anxiety; group and individual counseling for students; and referrals for students to other counselors or programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 142 responses

  • 42% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 142 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 56% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% 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 142 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 27% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 17% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 143 responses

  • 1% Very limited.
  • 20% Somewhat limited.
  • 63% Somewhat abundant.
  • 15% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 143 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.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.


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