Growing number of UK PSE students using study drugs

August 15, 2013

A growing number of UK PSE students are abusing prescription drugs made to boost concentration as a way of keeping up with their studies, reveals an annual report by the Care Quality Commission, an organization that monitors controlled substances in the UK. The study reports that prescriptions for methylphenidate drugs -- including Ritalin -- that are used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have risen by 56% in the past 5 years. The National Post reports a more worrisome trend, which is not reflected in the study: there is a rise in numbers of students who order the prescription drugs online (mostly from India) and share them with their friends. Another recent survey estimated that 10% of students at Cambridge University have admitted to using “enhancers” to help them with their studies. A Canadian study from this past May suggests that as many as 11% of students on Canadian campuses are using drugs for “cognitive enhancement.” National Post