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Does your college student have trouble with prescription drugs?

When your child received that acceptance letter to college, you probably celebrated. Perhaps you threw a party or went out for a special dinner. You contemplated your child's future, and believed it to be bright.

Then, you received a phone call from local law enforcement where you child goes to college. Your college student faces charges for prescription drug possession. You may find yourself shocked, mystified and concerned. What happened? How did your child end up with a prescription drug problem?

Do prescription drugs present that much of a problem?

Stress levels in college can reach epic proportions. Between academic performance and fitting in socially, making bad decisions sometimes comes with the territory. More than just alcohol, marijuana or other illicit drugs float around campus. Research shows the following about the prevalence of prescription drugs in this environment: 

  • College students use stimulants more often than their non-college peers do because they believe they help in studying. Unfortunately, the research doesn't support the contention that academic performance improves with the use of stimulants.
  • Data from 2016 indicates that approximately 12 percent of college students admitted to the non-medical use of prescription drugs that they did not receive a prescription for within a 12-month period.

As you can see, not only do students misuse prescription drugs, but they are available to those who want them.

What happens to students who take prescription drugs?

In addition to the risk of addiction, your child could experience the following negative consequences:

  • Grade point averages often suffer with drug use, and prescription drugs are no different.
  • A student that used to regularly attend classes may begin skipping them.
  • Your child may suffer from impaired coordination and an increased risk of heart problems.
  • Hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis can occur with the misuse of some prescription drugs.

The addiction could also cause your child to suffer from other side effects depending on him or her. In addition, your child's activities could come to the attention of law enforcement.

What happens next?

Now that your child faces charges for possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, it may take a group effort to get your college student help. Prosecutors may want to follow through with the charges, but jail time is probably not in your child's best interest. It may be possible to deal with the criminal charges and get drug treatment and rehabilitation for your son or daughter. With the right help, you could help your child get back on track toward a bright and successful future.

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