Is Taking 'Smart Drugs' Cheating?
This "2-Minute Debate" is part of a series co-produced by Intelligence Squared U.S. and Newsy.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | November 17, 2015
If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you?
Off-label use of "smart drugs" — pharmaceuticals meant to treat disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy and Alzheimer's disease — are becoming increasingly popular among college students hoping to get ahead. The drugs are often used because they improve focus and alertness for longer periods of time. But is this cheating? Should their use as cognitive enhancers be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the medical community and society? Do the benefits outweigh the risks?