Teens Use Drugs for Dementia to Boost Brain Power

A new major survey conducted by Britain’s largest biomedical research charity, Ipsos Mori for the Wellcome Trust shows that a number of teens have been using drugs designed to treat dementia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in order to enhance their mental performance. According to the report, approximately 1 percent of 14-18 year olds consumed these drugs with the purpose of improving focus, concentration, or memory. The survey was answered by over 1,000 adults and 460 teens that were chosen to represent the general public for the UK. In the survey, nine teens admitted to taking drugs that treat conditions such as dementia or ADHD, but only two of them were able to name a specific drug, such as Donepezil, Provigil, Aderall, or Ritalin. When applying the findings of the result to outside populations, the 1 percent figure would actually mean that 38,000 teens aged 14-18 have used drugs to heighten mental capabilities. Two percent of adults who participated in the survey admitted to using the drugs. These findings are the first of their nature to show an accurate number of how common this practice is among the general public in Britain. These results are much lower than those found in previous surveys conducted online.