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Could your college student end up in trouble over “study drugs?”

| Feb 12, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

College is rough. Not only are most college students experiencing life on their own for the first time, they’re under a lot of pressure. They have to balance their social lives, get through classes, finish their papers and projects and survive their exams.

It’s no wonder, then, that a lot of students turn to “study drugs” for a little chemical boost.

What are study drugs?

The term is a nickname for any drug that tends to help people feel more alert and focused. In particular, the phrase “study drugs” is used to describe:

  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Mondafinil
  • Provigil
  • Concerta
  • Vyvanse

Most of these are prescribed to people who suffer from conditions like narcolepsy and attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Because the last two conditions are very common, these study drugs tend to be just about everywhere on American college campuses.

How could your student end up in trouble?

You can get into trouble for buying, selling, lending or borrowing a study drug.

Even if no money changed hands, transferring prescription drugs to someone other than the patient for whom they were prescribed is considered drug-dealing. You can also get into trouble for merely having them in your possession without a valid prescription.

For unwary teens and young adults, this often comes as a shock. Maybe they gave a friend a few leftover Adderall from their own prescription to help their friend pull an all-nighter. They never dreamed that their friend would overdose. Once that happens, an investigation could easily lead back to their door and end in an arrest.

If your college student is facing any kind of drug charges, do not try to handle the situation on your own. Get experienced legal guidance from a defense attorney who understands your plight.