Ads for study drugs found on notice boards on campus

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Dealers of study drugs boldly tried to advertise their products on notice boards on CBS' campus, but an observant student contacted the Danish Health Authority, who then contacted CBS and precautionary measures were implemented immediately.

An increasing number of students use study drugs and everyday drugs like Ritalin and Modafinil, which are both prescription-only drugs. And now dealers have actually started targeting students at CBS through advertising on campus. 

Apparently, traditional study drugs no longer suffice when insecure students want to prepare themselves for a killer exam performance, as the use of everyday drugs like Modafinil has soared in the segment of students at CBS that finds coffee insufficient as a refreshing additive to student life.

The rise of the tendency is far from recent and CBS continues to devote significant efforts to hindering on-campus sales. However, the dealers are inventive and aggressive, and they continually manage to find new ways to get in contact with interested students.

The police notified on advertising of study drugs

In January, CBS registered the first ads posted on some notice boards on campus. The ads encouraged interested students to contact the dealers through a specific website.

Luckily, a student took exception to the ads and opted to contact the Danish Health Authority, who subsequently contacted CBS. And CBS immediately initiated efforts to solve the problem:

- All buildings on campus were swept for ads. Additional surveillance measures were implemented and the police were notified, says Director of Library and Campus Services René Steffensen and continues:

- Furthermore, our security inspector downloaded the app used by the dealers to sell the drugs. The app was a simple app that facilitated contact between buyers and sellers and it had no affiliation with CBS whatsoever. The security inspector signed up as a user, told the dealers to stop their illegal activities, and informed them that the police had been informed.

Ritalin joined by Modafinil

Danish Health Authority officials were especially worried about the fact that the ‘traditional’ booster, Ritalin, is no longer enough as students have also started taking Modafinil, which affects the nervous system and has an invigorating effect.

Modafinil is prescription-only medicine and is usually used to treat narcoleptic patients; narcolepsy is a condition characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep whenever in relaxing surroundings. However, there are a number of side effects, which can be severely harmful if Modafinil is used without professional supervision:

- Modafinil affects the nervous system, which can lead to psychoses, anxiety, depression, and aggressive behavior, i.e. sudden changes in behavioral patterns. Modafinil also negates the effect of contraceptive pills, says Sameer Kohli, who is the chief consultant at the Danish Health Authority, and continues the list of possible side effects:

- After having used Modafinil, many report that they experience blurred vision, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. And even more serious side effects can occur, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, which both generate cell death and epidermal detachment presenting as blisters and areas of denuded skin.

The chief consultant was very satisfied with CBS’ swift reaction and implementation of precautionary measures.

Read more about study drugs and how to watch out for your health right here.