If you had to choose between taking drugs and failing a class what would you do? Brits apparently opt for the first.
According to an official report by UK’s Metro and a poll done by The Tab, a student newspaper, nearly a fifth of the UK students take smart drugs and nearly half of them experience side effects. Since the pills are meant for prescription-only purchase, they cause side effects, which can do harm to the user’s health. Many students have complained from lack of sleep, reduced appetite and other effects caused by the so-called “smart drugs”. The pills usually consist of methylphenidate and modafinil, which are used for treatment of brain disorders. Apparently they help students study more efficiently, although there’s no actual proof that these pills improve one’s learning abilities. Furthermore, they don’t tend to do magic with the human brain, but they are extremely popular among science students.
The report states that the students aren’t doing anything illegal by buying or taking the pills, but they still hold a threat for the health.