‘Study drugs’ can be dangerous

Misusing prescription drugs to improve school performance isn’t just dangerous. It’s cheating.

By Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, 15:02 PM October 25, 2013

For doctors across the country, the story is becoming all too familiar: After finishing college, young adults begin looking for their first professional job. Some of these recent graduates arrive with more than just a diploma. They also come with an addiction. They are hooked on “study drugs.” They illegally take these powerful prescription medicines to improve their performance on tests and other tasks.

DeAnsin Parker has just such a patient. Parker works in New York City as a clinical neurop...

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