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ERIC Number: EJ796554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-25
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Some Professors Pop Pills for an Intellectual Edge
Monastersky, Richard
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n33 pA1 Apr 2008
Professors know that some of their students pop Ritalin and other stimulants to give themselves a mental edge, but an informal survey suggests that some faculty members are also taking drugs for the express purpose of helping their careers. In an online survey of 1,400 readers published this month, the journal "Nature" found that 20 percent had taken pharmaceuticals for the nonmedical purpose of improving their concentration, focus, and memory. Most of the people who responded to the survey work in science, engineering, or education. The survey's findings trouble some scientists. Wilson M. Compton, director of the division of epidemiology, services, and prevention research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said that people seem to see these drugs as being safe and not a concern. "That's a problem when these are potentially addictive and can be associated with complications ... This is an example where you think people who are highly educated and knowledgeable might know better, and that's not necessarily the case."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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