When you start college in Pennsylvania, you may think the only questionable substance you will encounter is alcohol. However, there are many substances you might encounter on a college campus and some of them can have serious consequences for your health, as well as lead to possible drug charges.

You may think that drug use is not prevalent among college students. According to DrugRehab.com, a 2015 survey found that at least 23 percent of college students have taken an addictive or illegal substance while at school. When you consider the kinds of drugs you might come into contact with, you may immediately think about marijuana. However, this substance is only one of several students may see.

Sometimes prescription medications can get students into trouble if they are trying to stay up late to study for an exam or write a paper. Adderall and Ritalin are two prescriptions you might see your classmates turning to if they feel stressed during the semester. However, these drugs may cause problems if you rely on them to get through exams. Some students might experience headaches or anxiety and if they take a dose which is too large or use the drug for a long time, they might begin to have side effects, such as hallucinations, which might endanger their health.

You might also encounter illegal drugs on a college campus. When you attend parties, you may come across Ecstasy. While some students may enjoy the sense of euphoria this drug can produce, Ecstasy can have serious effects on your health. You may experience heart problems and other complications, especially if you take a form of this drug mixed with other substances.

While some college students may not see anything wrong with taking small doses of drugs to help them relax or pull an all-nighter, it is important for you to remember that misusing prescriptions and using illegal drugs can have serious side effects. Some students may find themselves charged with drug possession or they face other drug charges.

This information is intended to educate. It should not be used in place of legal advice.