By Rhys Prka

If you’re a university student and have never taken a study/smart drug, or don’t know someone who has, are you really even a university student? Most people will use drugs like Adderall or Ritalin to cram a last minute study session or write that 3000-word essay that is due in a few hours.  These drugs are pretty easy to access; you can order Modafinil online like everything else in your life.

However it isn’t just your usual set of suspects that are used as study drugs: Weed, painkillers, MDMA, cocaine, are all used to give students an edge. It is surprisingly common. Walk around university or chill in the library for a while and you’ll see someone dealing it or someone talking about it, as long as you pay attention.

Obviously these drugs help people who procrastinate study. If you’re so lazy that you can’t do an assignment without drugs I worry about your future.  But I’m not here to lecture you like your father probably does. However there are some obvious health risks associated with these study drugs.

So because I know the large majority of you won’t do any research into the potentially dangerous things you cram into your body let me do it for you. So just as an example I will look at the fallen king Ritalin.

Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant, that affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. It is used to treat ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy. So what are the side effects I know everyone loves to hear? Well they include: chest pain, troubled breathing, hallucinations, seizures, numbness, pain, muscle twitches, impaired vision, erection (rare but can last for 4 hours), muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. The more common side effects include feeling nervous, insomnia, and loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, or headaches. Also you probably shouldn’t take these drugs if you have heart problems, glaucoma, high blood pressure or family history of heart disease. And remember mixing any drug with alcohol is never a great choice.  Please refer to a drug mixing chart if you plan on mixing to see what it is safe to mix with.


“You have those health conscious fanatics running about doing a thesis worth of research on what goes into a Milo muesli bar but will happily stomach some dexies on a night out without thinking twice.”



Look I’m not your doctor (I don’t even talk about mixing with other medications or illegal substances for Christ sake), I don’t have room to go into depth about these drugs so, go do some research. If you want a key message from this article it’s that.  Don’t be an idiot fiend, be a smart fiend. Know what dosages are safe to take, know what to expect from a drug and what the side effects might be. You have those health conscious fanatics running about doing a thesis worth of research on what goes into a Milo muesli bar but will happily stomach some dexies on a night out without thinking twice.

Just remember that most drugs you’re taking, especially uppers, are just speed, and don’t fool yourself otherwise, you can’t trust any dealer, because in all likelihood they don’t even know what’s in their shit. Now obviously your parents and cops will tell you to not take these things and tell you that you are ruining your life, but we all know no one listens. But, like all drugs, study what you’re taking, what is a healthy dose, what the side affects are, buy a drug test kit and always use drugs in moderation.  And remember, a drug fiend is a drug fiend, no matter what they take.

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