College students under pressure to succeed often begin using study drugs, believing it will improve their grades. Since many others on campus freely take these drugs, most feel they are safe and not a serious legal issue.
When prescribed by a physician and taken as ordered, these drugs are relatively safe and 100% legal. However, those selling or buying study drugs risk legal consequences and those taking them without physician guidance can endanger their health and even their lives.
What are study drugs?
They are medications typically used to treat medical problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Students use them to increase alertness, focus and energy when cramming for an exam or completing assignments.
Five popular study drugs are:
When taken improperly, study drugs may lead to potentially dangerous side effects like high blood pressure and increased heart rate. They can also lead to drug dependency or addiction.
Two myths and facts about study drugs
Many students believe these drugs will make them smarter. Science disagrees, indicating that their use interferes with short-term memory and increases distraction. A recent experiment at Brown University found that test groups given Adderall performed no better in exams than groups that did not receive the drug.
Another misconception involves the legalities of passing study drugs among peer groups. It is unlawful to sell, give, buy or accept prescription medicines to or from others, including these so-called study drugs.
If convicted in Virginia, you could face five to 40 years behind bars and expensive fines. A conviction could also mean the loss of your federal student financial aid. It’s wise to understand state drug laws and get experienced legal guidance if you’re facing charges related to study drugs.