Predictable news coverage of Modafinil
Every year around exam time the Guardian runs an article on pharmaceutical “student drugs”. This year is no different.
Students suffering from stress and pressure to perform in exams take neuro-enhancing drugs or “smart drugs”. Modafinil is not illegal so there seems to be no restrictions on the drug. I tried Modafinil for 2 years and I was never asked for ID at the pharmacy. Apparently, you can buy Modafinil online and have them delivered. The article continues talking about students and the pressures that almost “forces” students to take them. This year’s article is no different to previous years – it expresses concern for students health and asks the reader if taking Modafinil should qualify as cheating. The following sentence “It (Modafinil) was originally developed for the treatment of narcolepsy, but is now used by students to combat fatigue” is misleading. Narcoleptics still use Modafinil and many with successful results. Modafinil should not be accessible to students – it should be classified as a drug in the same category as amphetamines. It is dangerous to take without consulting a doctor and because it is fairly new we as far as I know cannot predict the long-term side-effects.