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Do you fear that your child is using study drugs?

You love your child more than anything and always feel ready and willing to help when he or she lands in a difficult situation. As you sent your child off to college at Florida Gulf Coast University, you likely felt a mixture of pride and apprehension. Though you believe that you have raised your son or daughter to have good judgment, you likely also know that young people can make mistakes.

Unfortunately, some of those mistakes could prove quite serious. In particular, you may fear that the pressures of college life will cause your child to partake in questionable activities, such as using study drugs in hopes of staying on top of school life and his or her social life. You may want to tell yourself that you are overreacting, but prescription drug use and possession are real issues on many campuses.

What are study drugs?

Typically, students believe that taking medications used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder will allow them to gain more focus, even if they have no medical need for the drugs. Some common versions of these prescriptions include:

  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Methylin
  • Strattera
  • Concerta
  • Various generic forms

Because ADHD is a real and common issue that affects numerous individuals, any of these or other forms of stimulant medications could land within easy reach of your child. Some people who have a valid prescription for such drugs could turn around and sell pills to classmates in hopes of earning fast — and illegal — cash.

What are the effects of study drugs?

While students may think only of the possibility of increased focus as being an effect of Adderall or Ritalin, there are numerous other health effects that could occur. When these substances are abused or otherwise used without a physician's guidance and supervision, your child could suffer severe impacts, including the possibility of suffering a stroke, heart attack or even a fatal event.

Aside from the potential health risks, your child also faces the risk of having criminal charges brought against him or her if illegally in possession of prescription drugs. If this type of situation arises, your child's future could also be at risk. Convictions for drug possession can come with steep consequences, and you certainly want to help him or her avoid such outcomes. Consulting with an attorney could help you understand what defense options your child may have and how to work toward the best possible outcomes.

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