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Study drugs can put your life out of focus

Just a few weeks into the semester, you may already be realizing how strenuous college life is going to be. Receiving a syllabus on the first day with a list of reading assignments, papers, projects and exams can be overwhelming. Depending on your chosen major, you may have an especially heavy load.

College is not only classes and tests, though. You may also have a job or two, as well as clubs and organizations to join. Whether you are living on or off campus, you will certainly have a social life. All these factors may make it difficult to stay focused enough to keep up with your GPA. However, you may have a solution to that problem.

Affecting your health and your future

You may call them study drugs, but the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency refers to them as Schedule II controlled substances. These drugs are typically for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, among other conditions, because they stimulate the chemicals in the brain to increase your energy level and your ability to concentrate by providing a sense of euphoria.

Chances are that, if you have discovered the study benefits of your Adderall or Ritalin prescription, so have your friends. You may find yourself becoming more popular when they discover you have a prescription. Like others in your situation, it may be tempting to make some extra money on campus by selling some of your pills to other students. You would be wise to keep these things in mind:

  • Law enforcement considers selling prescription study drugs the same as dealing or distributing controlled substances.
  • Schedule II drugs not only include Ritalin and Adderall, but also methadone, oxycodone and fentanyl, so the potential penalties for a distribution conviction are the same.
  • A conviction for selling or sharing your prescription may result in criminal penalties that include fines and time in prison.
  • A drug conviction may disqualify you from receiving federal financial aid.

Your educational institution may have its own penalties. You may face a disciplinary board that will determine whether you will lose your campus housing, face suspension or expulsion, or surrender scholarships. You may also end up with a permanent mark on your transcript.

While it is best to keep your prescription private and safely out of sight while you are in college, you may find yourself facing issues related to your Ritalin or Adderall. If this happens, you have the right to seek legal guidance.

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