‘Study drugs’ is the term colloquially used for prescription medication used to enhance concentration, focus and performance while studying. There are various stimulants that are employed such as Adderall, Ritalin or Provigil.
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.
The side effects associated with the non-prescription use of these medications are as of yet unknown, and there have been reports of potentially serious side-effects from their use.
Does the use of study drugs
The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Time to Wise Up to Smart Drugs'.
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The Conversation, 'The Hefty Price of ‘Study Drug’ Misuse on College Campuses'