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Hope for drug addictions at Indiana University

Drug addiction is a severe problem in the nation and a growing crisis on local college campuses. Since 1999, Indiana is one of the four states seeing fatal drug overdoses quadruple—an alarming rate that doesn’t show signs of slowing down. The Indiana University (IU) President is taking these stats seriously and just pledged $50 million toward efforts to stop drug addictions at the student level.

Considering how pervasive drug addiction is in Indiana, it is unfortunately not uncommon for students who are addicted to drugs to get caught on campus and possibly face drug charges, depending on the university policy and severity of the drugs involved. If you or your child is in this situation, there are some things you should know.

Facing drug charges when impaired by addiction

When you or someone you know is addicted to drugs and facing misdemeanor or felony drug charges, it can be difficult to see the bright future ahead. It can also be very complicated to work on a case if the addiction impairs communications, causes psychological issues, creates unknown or untreated addiction side effects, or is the cause of financial stress and broken families.

Benefits of treatment in drug charge cases

However, understand that there is hope for the future through the combination of treating drug addictions while fighting drug charges. Participation in treatments can be a huge help along the way—before treatment becomes part of the terms of sentencing, probation or jail time.

You can find help for addictions on many local college campuses--especially since programs will be accessible and expanded on all IU campuses going forward--and there are community and professional resources to help you start tackling the problem. Treatment, combined with fighting drug charges with the support and guidance of an attorney, means the future can start looking brighter for you.

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