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Drug Safety


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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: They teach safety not prohibition

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Plenty of drinking, some marijuana use, mostly confined to weekends.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Responsible Alcohol Use – Many students partake in the use of alcohol, but everyone is very supportive of others and very conscious and caring if others are getting out of control.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Really a Drug Culture – Besides the occasional marijuana use, you never really see drugs on campus, partly because there is stricter enforcement against illegal substance abuse than on underage drinking. Alcohol is more prevalent, but the school has a very respectful policy that allows students to make adult decisions so long as they are not endangering themselves or others. Students are given a lot of freedom, and the campus is a very safe and controlled environment for that.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Greek Life – I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, one of the sororities at our school. Though we are most definitely not a typical sorority, many do partake of alcohol. I have also witnessed some marijuana use, but outside of these two relatively tame drugs, there are not any other drug uses at Whitman College. However, the drinking that does go on is quite visible, and it is the norm to drink every night of the weekend. Residence halls even allow alcohol, as long as it is kept in the room. I would say that Whitman College is very lax on this policy, but probably because they know most of their students are too smart to do any of it.

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As far as drugs are concerned at Whitman, the primary drug of choice is alcohol, and it is used in abundance. Although harder drugs do exist, they don't exist in a large enough way that they are noticed and highly problematic. Most students couldn't really respond to the drug scene because there isn't much of one. Although alcohol is very popular, and probably the most abused substance on campus, drugs aside from marijuana are not seen regularly.

Yes, it is a rarity on the Whitman campus to attend a party where alcohol is not a major component to the atmosphere. However, many students would rather have alcohol in abundance than any other substance, particularly illegal drugs. Given that most substance abuse is centralized on alcohol, there is a certain pressure, of course, to drink-there is even an annual student-run tradition called "the Beer Mile." Whitman does have a well-deserved reputation for being a drinking school, but most students feel this is better than being known for pot or other illegal substance abuse. And, though it is sometimes a challenge on a Thursday or Friday night (Whitman's bigger party nights) to find a party without alcohol, it is even more challenging to find a party with illegal drugs. Overall, the drug scene and substance abuse are not extensive in variety or problematic for most students.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Counseling programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 15 responses

  • 44% Alcohol
  • 38% Marijuana
  • 6% None
  • 6% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 53% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 27% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 12% Somewhat limited.
  • 56% Somewhat abundant.
  • 31% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 15 responses

  • 13% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 80% 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.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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