ADHD Rx Drugs as “Smart Pills”?

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Prescription drugs aren’t just for patients anymore — lots of healthy individuals, including many college students, are using drugs that are designed for treating disorders like ADHD to enhance their performance at school or at work. But does this work? Are these drugs actually “smart pills,” or do they have no effect on the cognitive abilities of healthy people? A recent review aims to answer these questions and finds that the situation is not as simple as it may appear. See also: Are prescription stimulants “smart pills”?, by M. Elizabeth Smith and Martha J. Farah.