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  • Alex Wok

Study Drugs


  • Although more research is needed, a recent 2017 study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement held that approximately 6.32% of all Australian students reported lifetime use of prescription cognition enhancing drugs for the purpose of study

  • A 2012 study among Australian students revealed that the most common motivations for use of such drugs were: (i) ‘getting ahead’ to perform at high levels; (ii) ‘keeping up’ as a method of coping; and (iii) ‘going out’ so that an active social life could be maintained in the face of study demands.


Does the use of study drugs

constitute 'cheating'?


  1. The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Time to Wise Up to Smart Drugs'.

  2. The Independent, 'Let Students Use Study Drugs and Let’s Sell Them at Boots, Says Cambridge Scientist'

  3. Above, reference 1

  4. CNN, 'Just Say Yes? The Rise of 'Study Drugs' In College'; Buzzfeed.news, 'We Know Almost Nothing About How “Study Drugs” Are Used by Students'

  5. News.com.au, 'High Marks: Uni Students Turn to ADHD Drugs; The Independent, Professors Take Same ‘smart Drugs’ As Students To Keep Up With Workloads, Claims Academic'

  6. Quaysnews, '1 In 4 Students Are Using ‘Smart Drugs’ But Should it Be Considered Cheating?; The Conversation, Growing use of Smart Drugs by Students Could be a Recipe for Disaster'

  7. CNBC, 'WARNING!!! Legalizing pot will make income inequality a lot worse; Vox, I used to support legalizing all drugs. Then the opioid epidemic happened'

  8. ABC, 'Doctor Warns of ADHD Medication Misuse from Over Diagnosis'

  9. The Conversation, 'The Hefty Price of ‘Study Drug’ Misuse on College Campuses'

  10. Vice, 'Is the Newest University Study Drug Technically Cheating?'