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‘Exam boost’ drugs that are on sale to students for just £2, report shows

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Report shows ‘Exam Boost’ drugs that are said to improve cognitive ability are being sold to students for just £2

  • Students turn to drug study collectively to advance in university
  • Students told The Times they were able to get the drugs easily for £2 a tablet
  • A survey showed that 19 percent of students admitted to using cognitive enhancers





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Study drugs are now spreading among college students as they try to boost exam performance.

An investigation has found that the cereals can be purchased for around £2 each from online retailers based abroad.

‘Smart medicines’, which were developed to treat medical conditions, are only available by prescription in the UK. However, it has become popular because research shows that it can enhance cognitive ability.

Students from Oxford, Edinburgh, Nottingham and the London School of Economics told The Times they were able to get the drugs easily.

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Students from Oxford, Edinburgh, Nottingham and the London School of Economics told The Times they were able to get the drugs easily.

Sir Anthony Seldon, former vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, said universities should ban unauthorized medicines. He added, “It’s unfair, it gives an advantage. It’s dangerous, and we don’t know its long-term effects. It puts pressure on students, and you become a criminal if you don’t.”

UK universities, which represent vice-chancellors, said they were studying the issue and would provide new guidance.

The student office said the situation was “alarming.”

An online survey of students from 54 British universities published last year showed that 19 per cent of students used cognitive enhancers.

Online pharmacies, including those abroad, are required to confirm with their GP that the prescription is clinically appropriate.

However, Dr Anders Sandberg, 49, a philosopher at Oxford’s Institute for the Future of Humanity, said he had obtained the drug online for research without examinations.

An online survey of students from 54 UK universities published last year showed that 19 per cent of students used cognitive enhancers.
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An online survey of students from 54 UK universities published last year showed that 19 per cent of students used cognitive enhancers.

He buys it from a European online store, claiming to have a prescription, and it has not been checked.

Barbara Sahakian, professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge, said students called her after lecturing on cognitive enhancers.

“Someone comes up and says ‘I don’t want to take these drugs but there are other people taking them and I feel like I’m going to be deprived,'” she told The Times.

They see people passing them around the library. Sometimes they get it on the Internet, which is a very unsafe way to get prescription-only medication. It’s like Russian roulette.

“You’re taking a drug that affects your brain function without any medical supervision,” said David Taylor, professor of psychopharmacology at King’s College London.

No university in Britain has explicitly banned cognitive enhancers although Edinburgh said the consumption and sale of such drugs violated the Student Code of Conduct, which prohibits the use of unfair means in assessments.

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