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What to know prescription drug charges on college campuses

“Study drugs” such as Adderall, Ritalin and other prescription drugs commonly prescribed to adolescents and young adults to help them focus have become prevalent on college campuses. Students who have a prescription for these drugs may share or sell their pills – which can land students in hot water with law enforcement.

Several circumstances can result in prescription drug charges 

Many prescription medications are classified as Schedule II controlled substances, which also includes drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. While prescriptions drug may not seem as dangerous, under the law, individuals caught selling or sharing these drugs can face serious criminal charges.


Possession of a prescription drug without actually having a prescription is a criminal offense that can result in fines and even jail time. If you are convicted of selling or distributing prescription drugs on or off-campus, you can face even worse penalties that include significant fines and potentially years in prison. This is all in addition to being prohibited from receiving federal student aid to help pay for school to possibly being expelled from college.

Why you need a criminal defense attorney

Penalties for a conviction are based on the drug and the value of the amount in question. Several factors can impact whether you face criminal charges and the severity of your charge. The consequences are drastically different if you were caught with one pill without a prescription vs. sharing or selling several bottles of a prescription drug.

The consequences of criminal charges for using or selling prescription drugs is why it is vital to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. If you are being questioned about your involvement in the use or distribution of any type of prescription drug, whether by the police or school officials, contact a lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights.

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