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What types of drugs might your college student find on campus?

Sending your high school graduate off to college may cause mixed emotions. On the one hand, you feel excitement for your child's future. On the other hand, you know that he or she will face certain temptations that could derail that future.

Drugs are prominent on many college campuses here in New Jersey, just as they are across the country. The question you may ask is what drugs your college student may be exposed to, if any. Like most other parents, the last thing you want is to find out that police arrested your child for drug possession.

Drugs typically found on college campuses

Other than alcohol, many college students have easy access to the following drugs on campus:

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Marijuana
  • Ecstasy
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin

While your student may know better than to use illegal drugs, the legal ones could also present a problem.

Prescription and OTC medications

An increasing number of college students use medications not prescribed to them or OTC drugs to get high or relax. Others believe that certain medications can help them remain awake in order to study or help them concentrate. It may surprise you how easy it is to obtain drugs legally prescribed to others. The internet is full of ways to combine OTC drugs to achieve a certain result.

Would you know if your child had an addiction problem?

Unless you see your college student every day, it may be a challenge to know whether your child abuses prescription or OTC drugs. However, you may pick up on the following indicators through other means:

  • Drastic weight changes
  • Dropping grades
  • Skipping classes
  • Violent outbursts
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Agitation
  • Withdrawal from activities and friends
  • Depression

Unfortunately, if your child attends a school a fair distance from your home, your first indication may be trouble with the law. Getting a phone call that police arrested your child for drug possession could save his or her life.

Tough love may not be the answer

You may be tempted to make your child deal with the charges in order to "teach him or her a lesson." Unfortunately, remaining in the criminal justice system may not be the answer. Doing so could send your child down a path from which he or she may not recover. A once bright future could be lost forever. Instead, it may be a good idea to work with a compassionate and experienced criminal defense attorney to get your child the help he or she truly needs.

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