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Whether you're currently navigating your first year on a North Carolina college campus, or have a few successful seasons under your belt already and are nearing the completion of your college education, you've likely overcome various challenges along the way that often plague university students in this state and others. If going to college was your first time being away from your family, you may have been homesick for a while. 

It's no secret that college life often includes social time. You have hopefully found your niche and have established strong friendships with like-minded students who encourage and support you in your studies. There are definite downsides to college life as well, though -- some that may land you in serious legal trouble. One of the biggest problems on many U.S. college campuses is drug abuse. If you're struggling with addiction, you can reach out for support.  

Legal incidents in college often include these substances 

If you go to party and have a few drinks, it doesn't necessarily mean you're committing a crime, providing you're of legal age to consume alcohol. Alcohol is, however, listed as one of the most commonly abused drugs in colleges throughout the nation. The following substances also lead to addiction problems and legal trouble for many college students: 

  • Marijuana: Nearly half of all college students in the U.S. say they've used it.
  • Ecstasy: This drug is a stimulant made from methamphetamine. If you frequently attend rave parties or clubs off-campus, someone may offer you Ecstasy at some point; be aware that it is a powerful hallucinogenic. 
  • Heroin and cocaine: These drugs are part of a major opioid crisis in North Carolina and most other states. You are at great risk for addiction problems and even overdose if you use these or other opioid drugs. 
  • Dextromethorphan: This is the common ingredient in many over-the-counter cough and cold medications. Many college kids are using OTC drugs to get high.  

If your grades have plummeted, you can't sleep, you find it difficult to resist engaging in risky behavior or are suffering from depression, you may want to tap into campus resources to learn more about the signs of drug addiction and how to overcome a substance abuse problem.  

Support for legal issues 

The last thing you want to have to do in college is call home and tell your family that you're in jail. It's a definite possibility, however, if you buy, sell or use illegal drugs. You may even wind up facing criminal charges simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In addition to your family members, there are other support networks in place to help you get life back on track.

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