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Getting caught with study drugs defeats their purpose

Midterms or finals, writing a 30-page paper or undertaking some other project that counts for a large portion of your grade could make you nervous. Another student may offer you something to help you concentrate and study harder. You actually consider it because you want to do well.

Before you make a decision that could end up costing you more than a bad grade, you may want to consider the ramifications of taking that first pill. Study drugs have become popular, but that doesn't mean you have to follow the crowd.

What are study drugs?

The prescription medications most often used as study drugs are actually prescribed by doctors for conditions such as attention deficit disorder, narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The drugs given to patients with ADD and ADHD change the chemicals in the brain and affect stimulants in the central nervous system. Taking drugs like Ritalin and Adderall leads to a host of issues such as the following: 

  • Substance abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased heart rate
  • Heart attack

You may think that you can just take it once without much of an issue. What happens when the next test or project comes up? One time turns into more times than you can count. Now you have a drug addiction. You may also end up with a criminal justice system problem as well. Possessing prescription medications that don't belong to you violates the law.

Study drugs could put an end to your future plans

If you abuse study drugs and suffer from an addiction to them, chances are that you will encounter a police officer at some point. When you do, you could end up facing criminal charges. Outside of the criminal consequences of a conviction, you could also suffer personal ones as well. The college or university you attend may expel or suspend you. If you have a scholarship, you could lose it.

Even if you do complete your education, you may find it difficult to obtain housing or the job you want. If you haven't yet taken that pill, perhaps this article has deterred you from doing so. If you already took that pill but have not yet ended up with legal issues, get help now and get your life back on track.

If you have taken that pill and now face criminal charges, all is not lost. You may challenge the charges. It may even be possible to get you the help you need, avoid a conviction and continue to move toward the future you envision for yourself.

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