For many overworked, overcommitted and overscheduled college students, the pressure to succeed is so high, they turn to concentration enhancing drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin to get them through the term. Adderall is a stimulant prescribed to children and adults diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adderall is classified as a Schedule II drug due to the potentially high risk for abuse among its users—mainly college students.
Why Students Use Stimulants
While there are varying reasons a student might choose to use stimulants, the general population of students decide to take Adderall or Ritalin as a means to keep up with the ever-increasing stack of responsibilities placed upon them. Some students work full-time in addition to attending college full-time. A forty-hour workweek coupled with night classes and homework can be exhausting to keep up with on just coffee alone. Other students report they use the drug so they can manage to enjoy college life while also passing their classes. In an in interview with the New Yorker, one Harvard College student was quoted, “it's often people who are looking for some way to compensate for activities that are detrimental to their performance.”
Health Risks of Adderall & Study Drugs
According to a statistic released by a National Survey on Drug Use, over 11% of people ages 12 to 25 reported using prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Furthermore, college students ages 18-25 reported they were twice as likely to use Adderall than those not enrolled in college. For some the pressure to succeed forces students to overlook the risks of Adderall and other study drugs like Ritalin.
When students take Adderall, they run the risk of the following:
- Loss of Appetite
- Rapid Mood Swings
- Low Blood Pressure
Legal Consequences of Adderall Possession
Though Adderall, Ritalin, and other study drugs are legal, if you are found in possession of the drug without a prescription, you could be arrested for drug possession. Possession of Adderall is a misdemeanor in California; you could face up to one year in jail. If you are found in possession with the intent to sell, you could face between two and four years in jail. Our Ventura criminal defense attorney has extensive experience handling drug cases. If you were caught in possession of Adderall, we understand your future college education is at stake, and we can fight tirelessly to ensure you get the best outcome for your situation.
Contact us at 805.994.0560 to speak with a Ventura criminal lawyer today.