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Sharing prescribed drugs may get you in trouble

| Dec 19, 2019 | Firm News |

College students in Texas may do everything they can to reach their academic goals, including studying all night. Staying awake may require help from things like caffeine and stimulant drugs. 

When friends start sharing prescribed medication to help each other through the academic rigors, it may have the opposite effect. If a law enforcement officer finds a controlled substance on you, it may land you in trouble. The team at the Law Office of Alejandro Martinez, PLLC, works to inform you about the possible consequences of sharing prescriptions on campus and beyond. 

Texas drug classifications 

The type of charge you may face depends on what classification of drug you get caught holding. The four groups under Texas law include: 

  • Depressants – drugs that slow you down or make you sleep like Xanax or Valium 
  • Hallucinogens – mind-altering drugs that change your perception of reality, such as ketamine 
  • Narcotics – any drug with opium including Vicodin or Lortab 
  • Stimulants – drugs that speed up the body, making you alert like Adderall and Ritalin 

The stimulant category is where most campus-passed prescriptions fall. These are the things a friend may offer to help you get through the crunch time of exams. 

The repercussions of drug possession 

Getting caught with a drug prescribed to someone else may mean real legal trouble. The two most significant factors affecting how much trouble are the type of drug and the amount. If you have a few pills, you may receive a lesser charge. However, if you have a large quantity, you may find yourself facing possible distribution or trafficking charges. These crimes may end your school and career aspirations as they may cause prompt dismissal from the college and the inability to regain financial aid or scholarships somewhere else. 

For more insight into the dangers of prescription sharing, follow the link to our website.