Growing numbers of students at some of Britain’s best universities may be putting their health at risk after an ‘explosion’ in the numbers taking a ‘smart drug’ bought via the internet. This is from the Daily Mail…
Doctors say increasing numbers of teenagers are using the prescription-only medicine Modafinil to stay awake and alert for long periods.
The drug is designed to combat narcolepsy. However, research shows it is available to anyone from dozens of online retailers.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that as the new academic year begins there is now a black market at universities including Oxford and Cambridge with students selling it to each other for around £2 a pill, Sky News has reported.
Some students are said to be demanding drug tests before exams to eliminate a practice they believe to be equivalent to cheating.
One Oxford student said he believed that up to a quarter of his student friends had taken Modafinil, of which the long-term effects are not known.
Buying prescription-only drugs is not illegal, although supplying them is…
Laurie Pycroft, a masters student at Oxford University, admits taking the drug every few weeks.
He said: ‘Some people report that they become very focused or very good at concentrating on a repetitive task.
‘I have found the ability to go without sleep, when necessary, quite effective. It’s essentially like caffeine, just a bit more effective and with less jitters.
‘The people I’ve met who offer me Modafinil for sale, they’ve all been fellow students, or academic types, rather than your stereotypical wheeler dealer in a hoodie down a dark alley.’
…A spokesman for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said: ‘Modafinil is a prescription only medicine.
‘It should only be taken following a full consultation with a doctor who can fully assess you for any possible risks associated with taking a medicine.
‘People who buy medicines without the benefit of a consultation with an appropriate healthcare professional run the risk being supplied with medicines that are not safe or suitable for them to use.’…
So if use of Modafinal is becoming widespread at universities, how long until it starts getting tried by even younger students at schools and colleges? Or is it already? Please let us know your experiences and feedback…