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Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Prescription

Publication Date: 
February 05, 2009
The George Washington Hatchet
Ross Griffith

Professor Henry T. "Hank" Greely is quoted in The GW Hatchet in an article about the use of cognitive enhancing drugs by healthy people. The GW Hatchet writes:

I do not want to moralize about why we should not abuse prescription drugs or lecture on the health risks of methylphenidate (Ritalin). Instead, let's discuss the simultaneously wide-ranging and deeply ambiguous academic implications of using psychostimulants. Are mentally enhancing drugs a panacea or just another sign of the apocalypse?


Henry Greely, a Stanford professor, published an article in December called "Brain-Boosting Drugs Not To Be Feared," arguing that taking psychostimulants like Ritalin is morally equivalent to that morning cup of coffee. "This isn't like steroids and sports ... enhancement is not a dirty word," Greely says.