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College students often ask about Texas study drug laws and penalties. This introductory guide provides information on these laws and the potential penalties you could face if you illegally possess study drugs.

Texas Law and Potential for Abuse

Texas law classifies “study drugs” such as Ritalin and Adderall as Schedule II controlled substances. They are classified as controlled substances because they have a high potential for abuse and dependence. 

A recent study showed that approximately 20% of college students abuse study drugs. They typically use prescription medications that medical doctors prescribe to improve a patient’s focus. While these substances can improve focus and concentration, numerous adverse effects can occur when students do not take the medicines under the supervision of a medical doctor.

Often, students at Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward’s University, Austin Community College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary’s University, or other Central Texas campuses use study drugs when writing papers or studying for tests. 

The use of study drugs is so commonplace that many students do not even question their use. However, many students illegally buy these substances from friends or fellow students.

Potential Legal and Educational Punishments

Buying and possessing Adderall, Ritalin, or other medications without a prescription is illegal. For example, prosecutors in Central Texas counties such as Comal, Hays, Guadalupe, Bexar, and Travis aggressively prosecute students that illegally possess study drugs.

While time in jail and fines are the apparent consequences for breaking the law, students also face other less visible punishments. These adverse outcomes include academic discipline, the loss of federal loans and grants, suspension, and even expulsion. 

Contact me for a free case review if you are charged with possessing study drugs in Comal County, or other Central Texas counties such as Hays County, Guadalupe County, Travis County, or Bexar County.