Mental Enhancement Drug Use Increasing on College Campuses

by Marty Crossland on April 26, 2010

I was somewhat caught off guard with this CBS News 60 Minutes segment from their April 25, 2010 program. It describes how an estimated relatively large proportion of college students are misusing prescription drugs to enhance their mental abilities for exams, term papers, etc. The more common drugs are Adderall and Ritalin, which are commonly prescribed for attention disorders. They estimated that over a third of college students today have used them at least once, and the percentage climbs to over half of all students. This may be something we as professors and administrators need to be more aware of and concerned about.


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