Key findings:

  • Illicit use of at least one prescription drug for the purpose of enhancing either cognitive ability or study was reported by 18.2% of regular psychostimulant users in the last six months, with dexamphetamine being the most commonly used drug (9.8%).
  • 36.4% of these participants reported experiencing at least one negative side effect on the last occasion of illicit prescription cognitive enhancer (CE) use.
  • Recent illicit use of any prescription CE was predicted by younger age and greater recent poly drug use.



Marina Nelson, Simon Lenton
Date Commenced
27 Jul 2017
Resource Type
Drug Trends Bulletins