The Colleges With The Most On-Campus Drug And Alcohol Arrests

A great set of maps from shows where college students face the most arrests for drugs and alcohol.

“We wanted to find interesting data that’s been under-explored,” Drugs on Campus project head Jon Millward told Business Insider. Many of the previously existing reports on campus drug use were “more surface,” Millward said.

The information on these maps comes from the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education, which only tracks campus crime reports, not those from the surrounding area. According to the report, maps offer a distinct way of looking at campus drug cultures:

… Every college has its own unique drug scene, and each student has his or her particular drug habits, ranging from “straight edge” to “pharmacy on legs.” So to really understand what the landscape of drug use on American college campuses looks like, one has to closely analyse a map. Actually, one has to delve into government and academic data and then create and compare some maps.

The map and list of most on-campus drug arrests seem to cluster around the Midwest and the Northeast, a grouping which stays consistent for much of the report:

And here are the schools with the most on-campus alcohol arrests: also put together this graphic showing the top 20 schools where these trends overlap. Note how many of these schools are part of the University of Wisconsin system:

You can see how these maps compare to other statewide drug and alcohol statistics here >>

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