For years now a considerable number of college and university students have been taking performance-enhancing drugs in order to follow their often overloaded schedule and if possible to excel within a competitive academic environment. This, not so ideal situation, although relatively unknown outside our universities, is actually pretty common knowledge, particularly among actual students. This knowledge has been a staple of the idea of modern academic life for decades now, but just like the rest of the world, the phenomenon seems to take a more complex and unknown course due to the obscure possibilities of the Internet. Although students have always used performance-enhancers or as they are most commonly known ‘’smart drugs’’, it’s only recent that this number has started to accelerate at a worrying rate.
The most common of these substances frequently taken by students include, but are not limited to medicines made for ADHD and medicine made for sleeping disorders.
The term “smart drug” refers almost exclusively to ‘’nootropics’’, a widely varying arrangement of drugs that helps healthy individuals put themselves in a greater position of control over their brain thus improving their cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation. For students in particular, smart drugs can enhance knowledge retention, that kind be a significantly advantageous factor during examination periods. Moreover, smart drugs can boost an individual’s brain into working faster and accessing access the information that she or he has learned, whilst increasing their ability to critically assess and analyze complex and vast amounts of information.
All these anecdotal but yet widely known evidence among young students are frequently seen as a huge advantage over the ones not partaking in any of these performance-enhancers. And so it becomes quite apparent as to why more and more students are willing to risk being involved in an illegal activity as well as their own health in the process of obtaining and consuming some of these smart drugs.