Universities Must Do More to Tackle Use of Smart Drugs, Say Experts

May 11, 2017

(The Guardian) – Universities must do more to tackle the growing number of students turning to “smart drugs” to cope with exam stress, leading academics have said. UK institutions are being called on to consider measures such as drug testing to stem the rise of cognitive enhancement drugs being used by young people to improve their academic performance. As hundreds of thousands of students across the UK prepare to sit their summer exams in coming weeks, Thomas Lancaster, an associate dean at Staffordshire University, said we were entering a “dangerous world” where students have access to the “study drugs”. He called on universities to have “frank discussions” with students and to develop policies around their use.

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