Students turn to drugs for exams

first_img He added “the come down is so bad so I couldn’t do this more than once, but modafinil really is that effective. But your body aches all over and I needed to sleep for 17 hours straight afterwards.” The finalist says he was “forced to” rely on “study drugs” to do work because he “hated the degree so much.” “I hate the subject, I hate the tutorial system, and I felt my work just was never good enough. When your motivation for work collapses then you end up using these substances.” A report in the Academy of Medical Sciences, which was commissioned by the government in 2006, identified a new group of psychoactive drugs that act on the brain called ‘cognition enhancers’. The report defines ‘cognition enhancers’ as drugs used to treat attention, perception, learning, memory, language, planning and decision-making disorders, which also have the potential to enhance cognitive performance in healthy people as well as those with neurological or cognitive disorders. Sir Gabriel Horn, chair of the report, said, “Cognition enhancers can potentially enhance brain performance in a variety of ways, for instance to improve short-term memory or speed of thought.” The report called for an assessment of the long and short-term effects of using cognition enhancers and recommends ongoing monitoring of their use in non-medical contexts. The report lists six categories of drugs available on prescription, such as modafinil, which is used to treat narcolepsy, ritalin and related amphetamines for attention deficit disorder, and donepazil for Alzheimer’s disease. The student, who has now finished his finals, said he took these drugs while “actually sitting exams.” However, he denies that he had an advantage over those students who did not take drugs. “The drugs don’t help you write stuff. It motivates you to do exams and I needed them because I felt so shit I wouldn’t write anything without them,” he explained. A spokesperson for the University said, “we would strongly advise students against the practice of taking drugs that have not been specifically prescribed to them as this is dangerous and can be illegal.” The spokesperson added that students “who are struggling to cope personally or academically, or who have any kind of drug problem“ should contact one of the many support or counselling services in Oxford. However, the finalist disagreed with this advice. He said, “it takes three to four weeks to schedule a counseling session. Tutors are not easy to talk to and the peer support program – why would you want to tell your problems to people who are in the same college as you?” He added, “before coming to Oxford, I always thought of myself as someone who wouldn’t have to rely on these drugs. But, you do kind of feel helpless sometimes. “I regret that I had to rely on these drugs but I don’t regret having taken them.” An increasing number of Oxford students are putting themselves at risk by using dangerous drugs to aid their revision. A government-commissioned report, co-authored by an Oxford don, has warned students of the potential psychological disorders arising from the continued use of drugs for revision. However, students continue to ignore such warnings, putting themselves at risk. A finalist, who wished to remain anonymous, said he has been taking “study drugs” on-and-off throughout university, with the dosage and frequency of his drug taking rising dramatically in his final year. He said, “I’ve used drugs to do my work through every stage of my degree and that includes both submitted work and final examinations.” He said he started with taking ephedrine, a nasal decongestant, in a cocktail mix with caffeine and aspirin – commonly known as ‘ECA stacks’, a component found in weight loss pills, that work to speed up the metabolism and cause food energy to burn faster. It is a popular supplement also taken by body builders before workouts due to the increased amount of energy and alertness. He said “I, too, started taking it for gym work but then saw the alertness effects. I thought, ‘This is interesting,’ and started doing research on such drugs.” The student claimed that he was aware of the risks of the drugs he was taking as he researched them both online and in the drugs section of the Radcliffe Science Library. The finalist said that it was here that he learned of another drug, modafinil, which he was able to purchase online. He said, “a single box or thirty tablets of modafinil cost $125. The order was made online, processed at a very old office in London, money was sent to an account in Panama, and the drug came from Turkey.” The student admitted that he was worried that ephedrine, while legal in the UK, is banned in the US, having been blamed for a number of deaths. He said preferred modafinil over ephedrine because it was more effective, saying he was able to stay awake for five days in a row. last_img read more

Corneliusen captures October prize for non-fendered contest

first_imgDICKINSON, N.D. – Rusty Corneliusen ended his ninth IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified season with October honors in the Sybesma Graphics Facebook Fan Favorite contest for the non-fendered classes.A regular at his hometown Southwest Speedway this season, he’ll receive a mini-mod door from contest sponsor Sybesma Graphics.“I always liked Modifieds and always wanted to get into one,” said Corneliusen, who ran a WISSOTA street stock and a non-sanctioned hobby stock before getting into the open wheeled division. “I really like the competition. There are a lot of good drivers in this class and when you can race with them, it makes you feel pretty good.”“The cars are a lot of fun when they’re working right,” he added.Corneliusen also got a couple nights in at Dacotah Speedway and followed the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour.Along with his wife Sarah and father Stewart, Corneliusen’s crew includes Clint Pavlicek, Rob Schneider and Mike Staiger.Sponsors are Industrial Electric, Basin Tubing Testing and Sure Sign, all of Dickinson, and Kuntz Sandblasting of South Heart.last_img read more

Douvan rules Supreme for Mullins

first_imgDouvan gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh the perfect start to the four-day Cheltenham Festival when running out a smooth winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Walsh brought the 2-1 favourite to lead before the final flight and Douvan bounded up the hill to score by four and a half lengths. Mullins was also responsible for runner-up Shaneshill (9-1), with Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing John (25-1) giving Ireland a clean sweep by finishing third, another two and a half lengths away. “Somebody told me we had five of the seven favourites on the first day, which was a bit of a shock to the system, but this makes the week a little easier. “Shaneshill was fantastic also. He’s not had a straightforward season, so while I wouldn’t say there was definite improvement in him, you would have to think we could have him a little sharper. “They will both go to Punchestown, and as for next year, I will reserve judgement on what they will be doing! “He (Douvan) looks like a chaser already but if he was an Irish-bred, you would probably only be thinking about running him in a point to point or a bumper. “I got sick of reading what I was saying about him, but at least he’s gone and done it. We have had no setbacks at all in the run up to the Festival and that took the pressure off greatly.” De Bromhead was delighted with the effort of Sizing John and he could also head to the Punchestown Festival. He said: “I am delighted with that run as he is a chaser in the making. Coming around the last bend I thought he might do it, but he just got tired going up the hill. He ran a blinder, though. “I would say he would go to Punchestown as that was only his fourth run of the season. We will then leave him off and go chasing next year.” Nicky Henderson felt fourth-placed L’Ami Serge had failed to land a telling blow. He said: “L’Ami Serge never got into the race and was never travelling. He finished well enough, though, which is always encouraging.” Some Plan led until after three out, where Sizing John went on but was soon surrounded by the Mullins battalion, led by Douvan. It was the third successive win in the race for Mullins, Walsh and owner Rich Ricci. Walsh said: “That’s the pressure off. He was very keen and took a good hold of me all the way. You’d imagine he’d improve. He’s a gorgeous horse and it’s brilliant to be here.” Mullins said: “It was good to see him doing what he does at home. If there hadn’t been so much at stake Ruby might not have had him off the bridle. He’s a horse that has huge ability. “He was a bit too free and I thought that might have been his undoing. I didn’t expect him to be like that. He’s very relaxed at home.” Ricci said: “He’s raw, he’s a big immature thing and he will benefit from a summer. When he matures he’s going to be something. It’s a dream come true, just remarkable. “We must be very lucky owners. Ruby’s a star, Willie’s a star, the whole team. It’s unbelievable to do that (win this race three years running). When he grows up and matures he’s going to be something.” Reflecting further on his perfect start, Mullins said: “We have had no time for pressure as we’ve been so busy making sure everything was right, so it was a mixture of relief and satisfaction. Press Associationlast_img read more