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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Should College Students be Allowed to Take Smart Drugs?

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Airs Sunday, January 17, at 6 p.m. If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you? Off-label use of “smart drugs” – pharmaceuticals meant to treat disorders like ADHD, narcolepsy, and Alzheimer’s – are becoming increasingly popular among college students hoping to get ahead. But is this cheating? Should their use as cognitive enhancers be approved by the FDA, the medical community, and society at large? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? The debaters are Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, Eric Racine, Nita Farahany, and Nicole Vincent.