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Getting an Edge Via Drugs-1

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St. Petersburg Times (Florida) November 15, 2009 Sunday GETTING AN EDGE VIA DRUGS BYLINE: JULIANNA BAGGOTT SECTION: PERSPECTIVE; Pg. 1P LENGTH: 833 words HIGHLIGHT: What are the ethics when healthy people dope to think? A friend of mine recently confided she'd been taking speed - Adderall from someone else's prescription. Upper-middle-class and in her mid-40s, she's not how you'd picture a speed freak. However, she's back in graduate school among the younger generation and therefore on the front lines of a new dilemma. Research shows that on some college campuses the use of cognitive enhancers - drugs used to treat ADHD - hovers at around 25 percent. Students report that they aren't using it to get high, but to improve concentration. Having grown up in the echo effects of the '60s and '70s, I find this, well, odd. If one of the prevailing ethical questions in my youth was whether or not to use drugs for recreation, then the question for this generation is whether or not to use drugs for professional development. Hypochondria gets in the way of all of my drug use. For a headache, I take one Tylenol then wait and see. But after my friend's confession, I was drawn to buzz on smart drugs - that speed up the brain, help you focus, cut anxiety. Who was taking them? Why? To what effect? And, more personally, what would they do to me? I don't have ADD or ADHD. I've always thought I had an
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