Cramming for a college exam or working on an all-night research paper used to only include a tremendous amount of coffee and willpower to keep you awake. In many cases this holds true, however, a prescription drug called Adderall is becoming increasingly popular as an illegal alternative to staying awake and focused for long periods of time.
Why Adderall was created
Adderall was designed to treat individuals suffering with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by increasing the amount of naturally occurring brain chemicals that promote focus and controlled behavior. College students can unlawfully obtain the substance and abuse when disorders are not present in the body.
College “study drug” leads to harmful effects
College life is often filled with new pressures, social and academic stress, as well as the demands of working a job, internship and everything else. It is only natural to gravitate towards anything that may claim to help, especially one as easy as popping a pill. However, it remains a harmful choice for a person’s health when taken without the recommendation and prescription of a doctor.
A person who has not been diagnosed with a disorder necessitating Adderall, is subjecting their brain’s chemical composition to change without having a valid reason authorized by a licensed physician. Even more so, it can cause an unhealthy and unlawful addiction that could lead to the abuse of other prescription drugs and possible overdoses.
Legal consequences may result
Prescription drug abuse in many states, including Colorado are classified as a felony offense. Students charged with prescription drug abuse risk their academic standing and may end up with a criminal record that impedes future opportunities.
College students have a chance to learn how to genuinely manage their time, money, academic workload and other responsibilities without sacrificing their health and right standing with the law. In the event charges are brought against you, it is important to seek qualified legal defense that can aggressively fight on your behalf.
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