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Study drugs sometimes lead to students facing criminal charges

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2024 | Uncategorized

College students often learn by making mistakes. For example, they might put off studying for a test or working on a major project until the very last moment. They may put their social agenda ahead of their education and then worry about what that might mean for their enrollment or financial aid.

Many students have to suddenly prioritize their grades at the end of a semester. They might seek out chemical assistance to help them perform at the best level possible. Study drugs, including medications prescribed for ADHD, are often subject to abuse on college campuses. More than a quarter of undergraduates admit that they think using study drugs might help them improve their academic performance.

Stimulants prescribed for those with conditions like ADHD are only legal to use with a doctor’s prescription. Students caught possessing study drugs without a prescription or selling them to others could end up arrested.

On-campus crimes lead to real-world consequences

One of the biggest mistakes young adults make is the presumption that they can receive the benefit of the doubt from others if things go wrong. They think that police officers may be sympathetic and let them off with a warning if they get caught breaking the law. They imagine that judges may see them as an otherwise upstanding citizen and let them off with a slap on the wrist.

When it comes to lawbreaking on a college campus, young adults might assume that school authorities can punish them internally without handing them over to local authorities. That is not necessarily the case.

Young adults can face prosecution for incidents that occur on campus, especially if they involve drugs. Someone caught in possession of stimulants or other study drugs that they do not have a prescription for could face possession charges. The state could pursue trafficking or possession with intent charges against those who supply their medication to others.

Minnesota drug charges can significantly hinder someone’s life. The criminal record alone can drastically reduce someone’s opportunities. Any student convicted in criminal court could likely also face on-campus discipline, including expulsion or a loss of financial aid. Many students are not in a position to properly manage drug charges that arise during their college years.

Helping a young adult fight pending drug charges may lead to them learning from their mistake instead of having that mistake define them for life.