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Ritalin Abuse

Pills of Ritalin by ADHD blocksRitalin is the popular brand name for methylphenidate, which is a drug that doctors use to treat disorders like ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is also frequently used to help treat individuals who have sleeping disorders. Ritalin is frequently prescribed in the United States, and has medical applications that are entirely appropriate. However, Ritalin can be abused by individuals who are looking for a substitute to cocaine that gives them a similar high. This is especially popular amongst young adults.

Ways Ritalin is abused

When Ritalin is taken orally, it doesn’t give the user much of a high. It would take a considerable amount of Ritalin to get a pleasurable high in this way. However, addicts have found that they can crush Ritalin and snort it like they would cocaine. This heightens the effects of Ritalin, and is able to replicate (to a less extreme degree) the type of high that one gets when under the influence of cocaine. One can also mix the crushed Ritalin in water and inject it, which delivers a different kind of high. Not all abusers are using Ritalin for the high, however. On college campuses, it is frequently abused as a study drug to help students study all night in a concentrated state.

Short term effects of Ritalin abuse

Ritalin is a stimulant when it is abused, which means that it places the user in a highly energetic state and produces euphoric feelings. Because Ritalin is also used to treat ADHD, those same effects allow the user to enter a state of extreme concentration, which makes it easier to focus. However, these effects wear off and leave the user feeling irritable. There are also serious physical dangers when the user snorts or injects Ritalin, as it can lead to cardiovascular issues, such as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Ritalin can also lead to extreme nausea, and can cause digestive problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Too much Ritalin in a short amount of time could also induce seizures or strokes.

Long term effects of Ritalin abuse

Ritalin is not a physically addictive drug, which means that physical dependence isn’t going to occur in the same way that it does in heroin or cocaine. However, Ritalin can be psychologically addictive, which means that mental side effects come with Ritalin withdrawals for an addict. This can cause mental issues like psychosis, over time. Because of the cardiovascular issues, Ritalin abuse also increases the risks of a heart attack, or other heart-related diseases.