Ritalin in uni unfair according to NZ professionals

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Professionals are in agreement that it’s unfair to use cognitive enhancing drugs like Ritalin to get through university. The results are from a survey of 400 New Zealand pharmacists, doctors, nurses, lawyers, and accountants. However some responses differed by profession - those in healthcare were less likely to think it is ethical to use the drugs to stay awake and alert, and pharmacists were more likely to think it’s unethical to use them without a prescription for any reason. One in ten of those surveyed said they would hypothetically use a cognitive enhancing drug.

Journal/conference: PLOS One

Link to research (DOI): 10.1371/journal.pone.0241968

Organisation/s: Monash University, University of Auckland, University of Otago

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