University Professors Are Taking Same “Study Drugs” As Their Students

As tertiary education gets pricier, higher standards are leading to intense pressure on both students and faculty...

The pressure is causing students and teachers to turn to harmful drugs... Image pixabay

In a startling revelation, university professors are admitting to taking the same banned “smart drugs” as their students.

This is according to University of Cambridge neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow, who discovered that 20 per cent of professors have admitted to taking these drugs

That’s one in five educators ingesting pills to help them get through heavy workloads and long meetings where it can be hard to focus. [via The Independent}

Brain-boosting drugs like Modafinil and Noopept are often used by thousands of UK students to aid in memory recall and focus while studying for exams.

Typically these medications are used to treat other more severe conditions.


“[These are] drugs that are usually prescribed for patients who have attention hyperactivity disorder or Alzheimer’s to help with their memory or focus,” said Critchlow.

The Home Office warns against the frequent use of these drugs, including Noopept, a fine white powder intended to boost memory recall claiming that the side effects including migraines and an increased heart rate outweigh the benefits.

“What exactly the drugs will be doing for a healthy young brain — where there are lots of changes going on — the long-term effects of these drugs are not known yet,” explained Dr. Critchlow.

Probably the most worrying aspect of these drugs is the access to them being very easy, most students and now professors can simply get them off the internet.

Because while it’s illegal to sell them, it’s perfectly legal to buy them.

Though it’s hard to deny the common denominator here, being a too intense workload for both the students and faculty.

Perhaps, the health and well-being of both groups should be considered before top marks.

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