In their own words: students share their views on smart drugs

Mar 1, 2016 by

‘I felt amazing, really buzzing and ready to work. I was superhuman. Then I crashed and got crazy…’

Young people, news reports tell us, are turning their backs on drinking and recreational drugs. Cigarette-smoking is on the decline, and so too is teenage pregnancy. It looks like this generation is cleaning up its act.

But smart drugs? There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that they are rife at universities in the UK. And it’s hardly surprising.

The pressure to succeed has never been fiercer. With fees of £27,000 for a three-year degree, spiralling living costs, and a hostile job market waiting at the other end, no one can afford to mess things up.

So to keep focused and maximise their learning potential, students have turned to drugs originally intended to counter narcolepsy or ADHD.

Though experts warn that the long-term effects of these drugs are still largely unknown, a survey in the Tab student paper suggests that a fifth of students in UK universities have taken the study drug modafinil. Study drugs are not illegal provided they are prescribed by a doctor, but it is an offence to supply.

Source: In their own words: students share their views on smart drugs | Education | The Guardian

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