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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Is it cheating to take study drugs?


In an effort to dissuade college students from illegally taking ADHD medications, some administrators have found that it doesn’t work to scare them with threats of arrest or warnings about side effects. So, some are framing this issue as an ethics question: Are study drugs the equivalent of academic steroids?

In an article in today’s paper, I took a look at the long-time problem of study drugs and how it’s nearly impossible for administrators to crack down on them. This semester, Duke University changed its academic dishonesty policy to include the illegal use of prescription drugs. Other schools are posing the question during ethics classes and freshman orientation.

What do you think? Let’s put this to a poll:

This is a complicated issue, so if your opinion on this issue doesn’t match one of those options, please leave a comment below.

How much do you know about the illegal uses of ADHD medications? Local web producer Emily Ingram put together this quiz:

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