One in seven school pupils take performance-boosting drugs to help with their GCSE exams

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ONE in seven pupils takes performance-boosting drugs to help with their GCSE exams, a study reveals.

Thousands of 13 to 16-year-olds admit using illicit prescription drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Modafinil to increase concentration.

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Thousands of 13 to 16-year-olds admit using illicit prescription drugs to help with their GCSE studies[/caption]

The drugs treat conditions like ADHD, narcolepsy and Alzheimer’s and are banned except on prescription.

The YouGov poll of 1,000 showed pupils can buy a pill for just £10 on the black market.


GCSE pupils are twice as likely as A-level students or undergraduates to take the drugs, the survey showed.

The drugs can cause anxiety, sleeplessness and a greater risk of psychosis and heart attack.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said pupils taking the drugs is “shocking”.

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