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Are study drugs legal?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Drug Crimes

If you are a student, you might consider using study drugs to help you stay up into the early hours and cram as much work or study into the nights before exams or assignment deadlines.

You might consider it a legitimate way to get the grades you need, as it’s not as if these drugs give you the answers or do the work for you. Unfortunately, the law might not agree.

Study drugs can be legal, yet only if you have a prescription

You should not seek these drugs via any non-standard route if a doctor is not prepared to give you a prescription. Nor should you attempt to share any you get legitimately with friends who ask.

Most study drugs are typically prescribed to people with ADHD

It’s easy to see why you might think drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall will help you study. Doctors have been prescribing them to people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with increasing frequency over the past two decades.

If they help people with ADHD focus, then surely they would help you focus? Maybe. The medical community has not yet approved them for that purpose, so unless they carry out enough studies to reach a conclusive answer, it does not make sense to consider banking your grades on them. Besides, like most drugs they can have significant side effects.

What’s more, using them or passing them to others could land you in legal trouble, damaging your career prospects far more than straight A’s could boost them.

If you face charges over study drugs, seek legal help to understand your defense options. Do not assume a court will treat you lightly just because you are a student.



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