BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Two University of Colorado students face potential felonies for allegedly selling and buying prescription medications.

Those medications were meant to combat hyperactive disorder. Campus police said the pills are sometimes used by college students during midterms and finals to improve concentration.

Nicholas Busbey and Marshall Pedder were arrested on the CU Boulder campus on Monday for being involved in the illegal sale of a prescription drug.

Busbey, 23, has been charged with the unlawful sale of a controlled substance.

Pedder, 21, has been charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Police said shortly before noon on Monday in the Center for Community lobby, a CU employee observed Busbey remove a pill from a prescription drug bottle and provide it to Pedder for $5.

The witness approached the two men and contacted campus police. Police said Busbey gave Pedder a Vyvanse pill which is a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“My roommate uses it all the time,” said one CU student.

Students are familiar of the misuse of prescription medication used to treat ADHD.

CU students are in the midst of midterms right now.

“I know a lot of kids do that,” said another CU student. “It makes them study better.”

CU Police spokesman Ryan Huff said students should study the law and realize relying on someone else’s medication is a crime.

“The reason they were arrested is it’s a felony in this state for anyone to possess a prescription drug that is not prescribed to them. It’s also a felony to provide your own prescription drugs,” said Huff.

“They may not be aware of the full effects that it could have on them, especially if they’ve never taken the medication,” said Dean of CU Students Christina Gonzales.

CU is taking the issue very seriously and the students will be prosecuted.

Professors suggest studying the old fashioned way, with a lot of coffee and uninterrupted studying.


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