There are days when it’s almost impossible to get everything done. When you have a stack of things to do and no energy to do them, it’s really tempting to take advantage of chemical performance enhancers, like Adderall.

What is Adderall?

Primarily used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) or narcolepsy, Adderall is a type of prescription amphetamine that has the side effect of acting like a stimulant when taken by people who don’t actually need it. For years, that’s made it the “drug of choice” among students going through finals and people who had to work long hours — even though it’s available only by prescription.

What could happen if you take someone else’s medication?

You and the person who gives you the Adderall could both end up in legal trouble. If caught with Adderall in your possession without a valid prescription, you will be charged with a felony — no matter whether you have one pill in your pocket or 20. Your friend could also be charged with something like the delivery of a controlled substance, which is a felony.

If convicted, your friend would face serious jail time and a harsh fine, as well as the life-long stigma of that felony conviction following them forever. That can adversely affect their ability to get an education, pursue a career and more.

Most of the time, people have no idea how serious the situation can become when they borrow someone’s Adderall, Ritalin or other medication in an attempt to get through their day. If you’re facing criminal charges related to a prescription drug, don’t try to handle the situation on your own. An experienced defense attorney can help protect your rights and your future.