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College students, illegal substances and summertime

When do you think the average college student tries drugs for the first time? Turns out it could be summertime, according to research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In June, the number of college students trying marijuana for the first time reaches a high, according to the study; the same goes for underage drinking.

Why is there in increase in summer, and what can you do about it?

Final exams and stress

The end of spring brings final exams and stress (and the need for stress relief) to many Florida colleges. Alcohol and marijuana can help students cope with their anxieties and burn off steam. However, it is important to keep in mind that while many states have relaxed their marijuana laws, pot is still illegal in Florida. It can be easy to make a mistake, especially if you are from a state where it is legal or spend a lot of time there.

Unshackled from school

Summer is also when many students are free from home (parents) and school obligations. Many live with roommates, and everybody just wants to have fun. A lot of experimenting and trying things for the first time go on. Students should plan ahead for responsible partying and should avoid using false IDs.

One thing to keep in mind is that it takes a lot less to be found guilty of underage drinking in Florida than it would to be considered intoxicated if you were over 21. A 19-year-old with a BAC of 0.02 could end up with a suspended driver’s license and other consequences while a 22-year-old with the same BAC would probably face no penalties whatsoever.

It is, of course, possible to try alcohol or drugs for the first time at any time. It is also possible to get in trouble throughout the year for mistakes. When this happens, an attorney can help uphold your rights.

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