Students turning to Ritalin and other ‘smart drugs’ before exams

The Times is reporting a study that suggests one in ten university students is using so-called smart drugs such as Ritalin to boost their concentration…

A third of students admitted that they were interested in using such drugs but were prevented from doing so by lack of availability or ethical concerns. British-born male undergraduates approaching their final exams and postgraduates were the most likely to use the drugs.

Ritalin, modafinil and other smart drugs are stimulants that are used in the treatment of conditions such as attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy. No GP would prescribe such drugs for students approaching exams, so they have to be obtained online or from friends. The study was conducted by King’s College London and the London School of Economics among students in the UK and Ireland.

Richard Bowskill, a consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Group, said that the drugs had serious side effects and their use should be actively discouraged…

More at: Students turning to Ritalin and other ‘smart drugs’ before exams (subscription may be required)


This is pretty worrying if true – any suggestion if this is happening at all with those still in school? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin every morning (around 7 am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link!

Children's social work to have new set of standards
John Cooper Clarke: Michael Gove is 'right' on poetry
Categories: Health and Higher Education.


  1. boudreaugp

    cafepedagogique SylvieLL usage de “smart drug”: J’en ai été témoin au secondaire au début 2000. Je croyais que c’était passé.

Let us know what you think...