The drama surrounding doping and performance enhancers in the world of sports may be making its way over to the academic world. The stress of school and the desire to succeed can often drive us to take drastic measures. Many of us are often tempted to go beyond the caffeine consumption and resort to other methods, such as Adderall, a stimulant used to increase focus.
In a recent article in the New York Times entitled "Brain Enhancement is Wrong, Right?," writer Benedict Carey discusses potential ramifications of such performance enhancers.
The recent controversy surrounding the use of Adderall and other similar supplements exists when people are awarded for their achievements. In the athletic realm, we certainly do not tolerate the use of any performance enhancers. We as a society have even gone so far as to have stripped people of their awards. But, what about those in the world of academia?
The use of enhancers allows many people to be more productive, which many people view as a positive aspect. But, this creates a whole new definition to normal performance, widening the gap between those who use enhancers and those who do not.
Those in favor of enhancers say that there is nothing inherently wrong with these pills. Giving yourself the extra edge to get ahead, can only really help you. Academics and sports are two different arenas; therefore, doping in sports should have different ramifications than doping for academic purposes.
Others vehemently oppose such tactics. Like many substances, these pills can lead to an addiction.
So far, no actions have been taken against those who used such enhancers to get ahead. But, it raises new questions. In the race to get ahead, how far is too far?