Participants needed for Curtin Uni research into student drug use

Participants needed for Curtin Uni research into student drug use

CURTIN-based researchers are asking West Australian university and TAFE students to take part in an online survey about use of substances that they believe help them study.

Open to 18-29 year olds enrolled as a student at any WA university or TAFE, the study is examining attitudes to and use of ‘study drugs’.

Researchers from the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University are also looking at whether financial and other pressures on students, such as balancing work and study, influence use.

The online survey is anonymous and students do not have to have used ‘study drugs’ to participate.

The survey can be accessed via Facebook, at facebook.com/studydrugs, and the NDRI website, ndri.curtin.edu.au.

Those who complete the survey can enter a prize draw as acknowledgment of their contribution to the project.

Study leader Simon Lenton said various university student guilds and health services had anecdotally reported use of so-called ‘study drugs’ by some students.

“These are substances that are used in an attempt to improve intellectual ability in such areas as alertness, memory and information processing,” he said.

“It’s not clear if using these substances is effective in improving cognition among already healthy individuals. The long-term harms associated with use are also unknown, however adverse side effects have been associated with some cognitive enhancers.

“We really want current university and TAFE students in WA to complete our survey to tell us what they think about use of these substances.”