This Week in the Voice: The consequences of study drugs
In this week’s Feature, Lindsay Leasor investigates how study drugs affect the brain, their prevalence amongst Georgetown students, and whether they are infringements of the Honor Code.
The prevalence of recreational use of cognitive enhancers is staggering. In 2010, 60 Minutes reported that 50 to 60 percent of college juniors and seniors have abused psychostimulants, either by stealing them, falsely reporting symptoms to obtain a prescription, buying them from another student, or trading them for other drugs. Students increasingly view these drugs as a means to academic success, raising the question of whether the illegal use of an enhancer without demonstrated medical need is academically dishonest.
And in Voices, Sadaf Qureshi reflects on her Thanksgiving break trip to Tennessee with eight other Muslim students and their Imam, and how the trip helped her realize the importance of trying to understand things foreign to her.