Are Adderall and Ritalin Illegal?

Davis-Jones Law Aug. 3, 2020

On college campuses throughout Texas, many students rely on medications to help them with their studies. Ritalin (methylphenidate), Adderall (dextroamphetamine), Dexedrine and related compounds are in wide circulation, and stand as effective means to treat behavioral disorders that otherwise interfere with one's academic pursuits.

Many of the students who take these prescription medications, however, do not have a prescription to do so. Indeed, these drugs are increasingly used recreationally. And even though they are commonplace, Texas law considers them to be controlled substances — in the same category as cocaine and similar narcotics — and prosecutes individuals who possess and distribute them illegally.

What Punishments Will I Face?

Based in Austin, and serving throughout central Texas, Davis-Jones Law offers assistance to students facing charges related to "study drugs" and other substances. For more than 10 years, we have provided individuals in the region with aggressive and effective defense representation, reducing the penalties our clients face and, whenever possible, seeking to have their case dismissed. We can help you, too.

Ritalin, Dexedrine and similar drugs are classified as Schedule II drugs under Texas law. What this means is that they have a high risk of abuse, and can be extremely addictive. The punishments associated with Schedule II drugs are severe; the majority of cases are treated as felonies, and even first-time offenders face lengthy prison sentences and fines of several thousand dollars.

Adderall Is Classified A Little Differently

According to the Texas District & County Attorneys Association, Adderall is considered somewhat differently from other study drugs. Used to treat ADHD and other impulse control disorders, this compound is, simply put, prosecuted more leniently. Instead of carrying a felony charge, Adderall is categorized as amiscellaneous substance, and charged as a misdemeanor under Texas's Health & Safety Code.

Nevertheless, it is important to understand that any drug charge — whether misdemeanor or felony — can jeopardize one's financial aid and, in some cases, even lead to expulsion.

Legal Support To Keep Your Academic Career On Track

If you would like to speak with a lawyer and learn more about criminal charges stemming from study drugs, reach out to Davis-Jones Law. You can call us or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations, so we can educate you about your options before you are required to retain us.