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School's back in session: What you need to know to protect your college kids

We've all been young once--and remember the joy of being in college. Somewhere between being a kid and truly being an adult, it was a time for learning of all kinds--and especially about things not assigned in class.

But in the last decade, it seems that college kids are participating in more than just party houses and juvenile shenanigans. Some things have become very serious, and come with equally serious consequences.

From oxy to heroin

One of the most devastating things across campuses is the greater abuse of heroin. Often engendered by oxycontin or hydrocodone prescriptions given for sports injuries or wisdom teeth extractions, the epidemic is real and harrowing. Kids, our kids, kids we thought knew better, are using it and sometimes with devastating results--from legal consequences to overdoses.

A felony arrest for possession of prescription drugs or a Schedule I substance can ruin's someone's future. Being aware of what our kids are doing, and being able to discuss it with them, is critical during these still-formative years.

Campus rape

This summer, a young man from Stanford was convicted of raping another student who was intoxicated at the time. While this is an extreme case, no means no, and it our responsibility to ensure that our kids understand what the limits are. No one wants their child accused. No one wants their kid standing trial. Make sure you have talked to your children about their sexuality, choices and the responsibilities of both.

Alcohol

It's a tale as old as time--frat parties and booze. From a small gathering to a riotous celebration, alcohol can literally kill a party. Whether it is a DUI or alcohol poisoning, a car accident or foolish stunt, when used in excess, alcohol can change lives in an instant. Supplying booze to other under-aged students comes with a hefty price. The drinking age is 21 but many seniors in college have friends who are freshman. Make sure your kids know what they are facing if they provide drinks to their friends.

These are some of the most extreme examples of what can, and does, happen to college students. Even in the best of circumstances, good kids make bad choices. If your child has been charged, we can offer sound advice and effective representation.

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