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Taking study drugs? You could face charges

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2020 | College Student Criminal Defense

Many people in college turn to study drugs to get themselves through long nights of studying hard for exams. It’s important to note that many of these drugs are prescribed to them, but they are then misused.

Study drugs are most often prescription stimulants. Common study drugs include Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse, Dexedrine and Concerta. While these drugs are prescribed to the student using them in most cases, it’s still important to note that they are not being used as prescribed. As a result, the student could face serious side effects. Additionally, if they share with friends or doctor shop to get more doses, they could face drug charges.

Why do people turn to study drugs?

Those who take these drugs without a prescription usually use them to help them stay up longer. They may need to write a very important paper or to get help with their focus. A study drug can have that effect. According to the Monitoring the Future survey from 2017, amphetamines (stimulants) are among the most misused drugs in colleges today.

In fact, around 4% of college students reported that they had used amphetamines without a prescription, which is a significant concern. Beside the fact that this is illegal, these drugs could cause serious side effects and allergies in some people. When these drugs aren’t used appropriately, they can cause changes to the brain, and they can become addictive. These drugs can lead to overdoses, too.

If you have taken study drugs or were caught with drugs that were not prescribed to you, you could face serious penalties. Our site has more on what you need to do next to protect yourself.