EDRS Drug Trends Bulletin July 2017: Illicit use of prescription cognitive enhancing (CE) drugs among regular psychostimulant users

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Author: Marina Nelson, Simon Lenton

Resource Type: Drug Trends Bulletins

Key findings:

  • Illicit use of at least one prescription drug for the purpose of enhancing either cognitive ability or study was reported by 18.2% of regular psychostimulant users in the last six months, with dexamphetamine being the most commonly used drug (9.8%).
  • 36.4% of these participants reported experiencing at least one negative side effect on the last occasion of illicit prescription cognitive enhancer (CE) use.
  • Recent illicit use of any prescription CE was predicted by younger age and greater recent poly drug use.