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Continual Increase in Controlled substance use by College Students

For over a decade marijuana use has increased continually among college students. In 2015, 38% of college students said that they used marijuana in the last 12 months. This is up 30 percent from 2006.

Studies show that young people age 18-24 have a heightened risk of drug abuse. Your parents probably warned you about peer pressure and saying no to drugs and you typically people like to think that one is more likely to pick up a bad habit when they are in middle and high school than when they are of the legal age of 18.

Studies show as people age, that it can be just as hard, if not harder for one to resist the use of controlled substances if people around them are doing them. Students enrolled in a full-time college are two times more likely than those who don’t attend college to abuse drugs.

In college, it is not ordinary for students to start drinking heavy and using controlled substances to cope with the stresses they face which are typically unlike anything they have ever felt before in their lives. Drinking can also make it easier to socialize and meet people which can enhance your college experience and make you feel more comfortable. Students may turn to drugs like Adderall or ADHD prescription drugs to help them stay up or study when they are feeling drowsy or unproductive. This side effect of such a drug makes it extremely attractive to students.

The chart below represents the percentage of students in college abusing drugs.

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Attorney for Controlled Substances in Austin TX and surrounding counties

The use, abuse, and possession of controlled substances should be taken seriously. Although drugs may be easy to obtain, they can lead to serious tragedies such as assault, DWI/DUI, hospitalization, injury, arrest and even death. When a student is charged with a drug crime, they can experience very serious penalties from their school such as expulsion, suspension, and loss of financial aid.

Although marijuana has been legalized in many states in the U.S, it is still illegal to possess, use, or distribute marijuana in the state of Texas. The only exception is the use of medicinal marijuana to treat illnesses with a prescription from a doctor. Other controlled substances like meth, heroin, and ecstasy are not legal anywhere in the US and if you are in possession of these drugs you will face serious penalties. If you have been arrested or charged with the possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance in Travis county and surrounding areas, contact The Law Office of Kevin Bennett at (512) 476-4626 today for a free evaluation of your case.

This page was last updated on 11/29/2016


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