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Parents should remain vigilant about meth use in colleges

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | Drug Charges

In addition to academic development, many students use their college years to try new things. Most resort to drinking various kinds of alcoholic drinks but experimenting with drugs is also common. One of these substances, methamphetamine, stays popular among college students due to its low cost and stimulant effects.

According to a national survey on drug use, at least 3% of Iowan adults stated they had taken methamphetamine the month before. Meanwhile, methamphetamine was the drug of choice for the 7,800 Iowans who were admitted to a drug rehabilitation program in 2020.

What is the appeal?

Crystal meth is a powerful stimulant that may cause the user to experience a false sense of euphoria, high energy levels and focus. Students who are under a lot of stress may mistakenly believe this substance will help them unwind, making it popular at parties and raves. The drug is also potentially attractive to students who have trouble concentrating on tasks.

However, meth can dangerously accelerate the body’s functions, resulting in harmful psychological effects such as anxiety, paranoia, aggression and hallucinations. Moreover, meth can be addictive because of the high it produces. Students who use the drug frequently may find it difficult to stop, putting their health at risk.

Penalties for possession and meth usage

Due to how widespread it is, students might assume that using or selling drugs is an acceptable thing to do. However, it does carry serious repercussions.

Possession of a controlled substance, even for personal use, is a severe misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $250 to $1,500 for a first offense. If a student was caught selling the drug, they may face an aggravated misdemeanor charge, a fine of $625 to $6,250, and a year in jail.

An arrest for drug possession can have devastating consequences on a student’s academic career and future opportunities. Any parent who needs guidance defending their child against drug allegations should look for legal representation immediately.