CU students get felony charges for $5 sale of prescription pill

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BOULDER, Colo. — Prescription medication like Adderall has spread like wildfire on college campuses, with many students interested in powering through late-night study sessions unaware of the consequences associated with getting caught exchanging the pills without a prescription.

This week, two CU-Boulder students found out the hard way, as they were both charged with felony for the $5 exchange of a single tablet of Vyvanse, a stimulant used to treat ADHD.

The University of Colorado-Boulder Police Department arrested Nicholas Busbey, 23, for the unlawful sale of a controlled substance — a Class 3 felony, and Marshall Pedder, 21, for the unlawful possession of a controlled substance — a Class 6 felony.

Police say a witness saw Busbey remove a pill from a prescription bottle shortly before noon on Monday, and then provide it to Pedder in exchange for $5. That witness approached the two men and contacted police.

The Office of Student Conduct at CU may also decide to take disciplinary action against the two students.

“It’s important for students to know that possessing or taking just one pill that is not prescribed to them can lead to a felony arrest and a trip to jail,” CU-Boulder police spokesman Ryan Huff said. “As mid-terms and finals approach, we typically start to see some of these cases. It’s not worth the risk.”

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