Illicit 'Study Drugs' Tempting More Students

Teenager Jacob Stone even says his abuse of attention deficit drugs led him down the road to becoming addicted to cocaine and crystal meth.

"It all started with Ritalin and Adderall," he said. "I started taking them everyday [to get high] and pretty soon it didn't work anymore and I needed something more, I needed a bigger, faster boost."

Maggie, however, isn't worried about becoming addicted. She says she's careful, and she credits them with helping her during the finals week when "Primetime" cameras were watching her.

Ethics Question

One other question posed by the study drugs is whether they give an unfair advantage over the kids who study the old fashioned way.

Randy Cohen, who writes a column on ethics for The New York Times Magazine, said he couldn't think of an ethical reason not to take something that would make you learn better.

"If there's a pill I can take, you take this pill and I'll know French, you'd be an idiot not to take the pill," he said.

But when asked if he would allow his daughter to take Adderall, Cohen said he would object -- "on health grounds, not on ethical grounds."

Cohen said because the goal in academics is to learn as much as possible, theoretically, study drugs should be made available to every student, if such a pill were safe.

But that's a big and unrealistic "if." He said, "I think it's a golden dream that there is a drug that is going to make it incredibly easier to learn. I wish it were so."

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