2 University of Colorado students arrested on drug charges after worker sees them exchange Vyvanse

BOULDER, Colo. - Two University of Colorado students were arrested this week on drug charges.

A CU employee told police she saw Nicholas Busbey remove a pill from a prescription drug bottle and give it to Marshall Pedder for $5.

Police said the drug was Vyvanse, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Stimulants such as Vyvanse and Adderall are sometimes used as “study aids” on college campuses to help keep students awake as they prepare for mid-terms or finals, police said.

It’s illegal for people with legitimate prescriptions to provide those drugs to others. It’s also illegal for anyone without a prescription to possess someone else’s drugs.

Police said Busbey, 23, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sale of a controlled substance. Pedder, 21, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, police said.

“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,” said CU Boulder police spokesman Ryan Huff. “As mid-terms and finals approach, we typically start to see some of these cases. It’s not worth the risk.”