Table 2

Occurrences of lay designations of methylphenidate used non-medically for performance enhancement in the print media

Lay designation

Occurrences


"study aid" [37]

9


"brain steroid" [18]

4


"smart drug(s)" [21]

4


"vitamin R" [37]

4


"poor man's cocaine" [33]

3


"study tool(s)" [18]

2


"wonder drug" [38]

2


"new chemical aid" [18]

1


"smart pill(s)" [35]

1


"cramming drug" [34]

1


"academic steroids" [37]

1


"steroids of academia" [20]

1


"legal speed" [36]

1


"kiddie speed" [19]

1


Forlini and Racine BMC Medical Ethics 2009 10:9   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-10-9

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