The stress of collegiate life leaves many college students turning to prescription 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 upperclassmen are more likely to abuse the stimulants than younger college students.

Across college campuses, overwhelming amounts of students believe that Adderall 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 30 page term paper in a single night.

While some students only take the drug occasionally to give them a boost near finals, others rely on it to manage their overscheduled school, work, and social lives. Prolonged use can create a dependency on the drug. The brain of an Adderall addict might feel clouded & out of focus without the medication.

Adderall addiction symptoms may include:

  • Unable to finish work
  • Inability to feel alert
  • Needing increasingly larger dosage to feel it’s effect

Possession with a Perscription is Criminal

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 Ohio, 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, you need a  tenacious Columbus criminal attorney to navigate you through this process.