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How prescription medication can lead to college drug charges

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2024 | College Student Crimes

College is a time of development and growth. It is also a period when young people weather a serious degree of personal risk. Young adults attending college can make mistakes that negatively affect their futures. Seemingly minor mistakes can lead to severe consequences for those hoping to obtain a college education.

For example, many college students break the law and risk both criminal and educational consequences. They witness the conduct of others and assume they can engage in similar behavior without facing consequences. Someone arrested for a drug offense on campus could experience life-altering penalties.

Many young adults attending college never dream of experimenting with recreational drugs. However, they might not feel as concerned about prescription medications. Students may abuse prescription medication or sell their medicine to other students. Study drugs are in particularly high demand on modern college campuses. Students could end up prosecuted for possession or transfer of study drugs.

What people fail to understand about study drugs

There is a lot of misinformation about study drugs like Ritalin that help people focus. Some people claim that these drugs are essentially legal methamphetamine. Others operate under the presumption that the medication is equally safe for anyone to use.

Young adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other neurodivergent people tend to have different reactions to stimulants than the average person. Ritalin and similar medications are less dangerous and addictive when used appropriately by someone with a specific medical condition. Those same stimulant drugs can cause intense behavioral shifts and dependency issues in people who do not have ADHD or similar medical issues.

Another misconception about prescription medication is that someone can do whatever they want with their own medicine. That is simply not the case. It is illegal to transfer medication to others or to use it in a way that contradicts the recommendation of the prescribing physician.

Anyone who is caught possessing study drugs without a prescription or transferring them to others could face criminal charges. Those charges could lead to both court-ordered penalties and consequences imposed by an educational institution. Fighting drug charges successfully can help prevent a simple mistake from derailing a young adult’s future.