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Brain boost drugs ‘growing trend’

BBC News:

Increasing numbers of people are using prescription drugs like Ritalin to boost alertness and brain power, say experts.

Up to a fifth of adults, including college students and shift workers, may be using cognitive enhancers, a poll of 1,400 by Nature journal suggests.

The piece goes on to say that there isn’t long term data on how safe this is. Professor Sahakian who carried out the research says:

“The use of these cognitive enhancing drugs is spreading to younger and younger people. That’s a concern.

“Methylphenidate does have substantial abusive potential so we have to be worried about substance abuse problems and the use of these drugs in the developing brain in children.”

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