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Leading US academic tells Student BMJ Ritalin use in students is acceptable

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0310354 (Published 01 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0310354
  1. Upasana Tayal1
  1. 1London

A leading US academic, Professor Martha Farah, told the Student BMJ that it is acceptable for students to take the prescription medicine Ritalin to get a study boost.

Illegal use of Ritalin is on the rise across US campuses, with more and more students reporting taking the stimulant. The drug, best known for treating people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), enhances attention and increases the ability to focus and ignore distractions. Possible side effects include insomnia, night terrors, and tremors, as well as dependence and tolerance.

But Professor Farah, director of the …

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