Students turn to ‘smart pills’ to boost grades


Professional athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs are subject to drug testing—but what about students who do the same?

According to Vince Cakic of Sydney University in the Journal of Medical Ethics, more students are turning to ‘smart pills’ or nootropics in an attempt to improve their academic performance.

These drugs, which are often widely available over the internet, are normally used for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD.

In some US campuses, the use of nootropics is as high as 25 percent—particularly in colleges with more competitive admission criteria.

Chemically enhanced academic performance is cheating, says Cakic. And “as laughable as it may seem, it is possible that scenarios such as urine testing could very well come to fruition in the future.”

Wow. Can you imagine having to pee in a cup before the ACT exam?