But what I did not understand was a mighty lengthy article called the “Brain Gain: The underground world of “neuroenchancing drugs.” Funny enough though the article talks about college students and workaholics taking things like Adderall and Provigil to stay up late nights and work themselves to death, it only mentions drug abuse once…when referring to the title of someone being quoted.
Apparently, when poor people use drugs, it’s called drug abuse but when rich people do it to get smarter, it’s called “neuroenchancement.” It’s called “steroids for your brain.” The article was quite cavalier about a future will neurologists will become “quality-of-life consultants,” whose role will be “to provide information while abrogating final responsibility for these decisions to patients.” So forget getting your ADHD medications from your dorm drug dealer, your doctor will soon get in on this game, too?
One DRUG ADDICT quoted said that taking neuroenchancing drugs was much like people who took antidepressants for mood disorders or depression: “it was important to enhance their mood, so they took antidepressants; but for people like him it was more important ‘to increase mental horsepower.'” Ah, the rationalizations. What a world!