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The stresses of college life can leave many college students feeling overworked, overstressed and over scheduled. With pressures to succeed coming from both parents and job markets, many students turn to Rx stimulants to help manage their lives and get ahead.

According to new research published by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 20 percent of college students report abusing prescription stimulants at least once in their life. The study also noted that older college students are more likely to abuse the prescription stimulants than younger college students are.

Across college campuses, overwhelming amounts of students believe taking this drug is safe because doctors prescribe it, but continued use of the drug can create a dangerous addiction. College students are especially likely to take the drug as it produces an increase in concentration, confidence and an overall sense of euphoria. Classified as a stimulant, Adderall also keeps students awake, so they can cram for finals or write an entire 25-page term paper in a single night.

While some students only take the drug occasionally to give them a boost at finals, others use it to manage their overscheduled school, work, and social lives. Prolonged use can create a dependency on the drug. The brain of someone who is addicted to Adderall might clouded and unable to focus without the medication.

Typical signs of an Adderall addiction include:

  • Inability to feel alerted without the drug
  • Unable to finish work without it
  • Needing larger doses of the drug to feel it is effects
  • Spending a large amount of money to obtain the drug

Possession without a Prescription

Under federal law, Adderall is considered a schedule II controlled substance due to its high potential for abuse. If you are caught in possession of Adderall or other prescription stimulants, and you do not have a prescription of your own, you could be charged with a criminal offense. If you are convicted of possession of a controlled substance in Pennsylvania, you could face fines up to $5,000 and a year in jail. These penalties can only increase if you are caught in possession of an amount enough to be considered distribution.

Arrested for Possession of Adderall?

If you or someone you know was recently arrested for possession of a prescription stimulant such as Adderall, retaining a knowledgeable Philadelphia criminal attorney to navigate you through this process. As a university student, there is much at stake, you need a lawyer who understands what’s at risk and can fight tenaciously for your future. Contact Krasner & Long, LLC today to set up your first consultation.

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