Is misusing ADHD meds a form of cheating? 1 in 3 Ivy League students says "No"

3 years ago

Despite the many possible side effects, stimulant medications for ADHD are often called "the smart drug" because some students misuse them to try to get an academic edge.

A 2012 study asked 616 Ivy League college students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) WITHOUT ADHD about misuing stimulant medications and whether it's cheating. Their results were:

- 18% said they had misused a RX stimulant drug for an academic purpose at least once in college

- 24% of those who had misused a RX stimulant drug said they had done it 8 or more times

- 69% who misused a RX stimulant drug did it to write an essay

- 66% did it to study

- 27% did it to take a test

- 33% of the students surveyed didn't think taking a stimulant drug (not prescribed to you) for academic purposes was a form of cheating

- 41 % thought it was cheating

- 25% weren't sure

Who misused stimulant meds the most? Students who both played a varsity sport and were in a fraternity or sorority

Here's what I read:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/276267.php

So, what do you think? Is misusing a stimulant medication cheating?

 

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