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How drug possession can affect college students

College is a great time for fun and making friends. This is the time of your life when you get to embrace your first taste of freedom and can make decisions on your own. While it’s important to explore the world on your own and embrace your newfound independence, many college students negatively impact their future while trying to have a little fun.

A study on 2017 incident reports at New York University revealed that possession of firearms, drugs and alcohol were rare on campus but accounted for more than 95 percent of all arrests in university-affiliated neighborhoods.

A small amount is still too much

An arrest for possession of drugs, for instance, is a serious matter because it only takes a small amount of an illegal substance to incur severe penalties. A few examples include:

  • 500 mg of cocaine is a felony carries a possible sentence of 2.5 years in prison.
  • One-half ounce of heroin is a felony that carries a possible sentence of up to 5.5 years in prison.
  • 25 grams of marijuana can lead to three months in jail and a $500 fine.

In addition to legal penalties, your school could revoke certain privileges, impose suspensions or dismiss you from school entirely. If you’re curious just how much 500 mg is, that’s often the dosage of one Tylenol capsule.

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