Ritalin is a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), it is abused as both a performance-enhancing drug and as a recreational drug. The fact that it is so widely abused causes an unfortunate issue regarding supply and demand. If a drug, like any other substance, is in high demand, then it becomes a highly sought after commodity that the providers will go to great lengths to provide to the users.
Sale of Ritalin
There are several means by which the dealers of drugs can provide the goods to those seeking to use them illegally. In some cases, the seller can maintain a partnership with an unscrupulous healthcare provider or worker who can then supply the seller with illegal prescriptions that can in turn be provided to those seeking the drug.
Those seeking to sell the drug can also partner with chemists that can create a synthetic version or a facsimile of the drug desired by the users.
Dangers of Counterfeit Drugs
The problem with seeking drugs in this manner is the quality of the drugs may actually be dangerous and do the user even more harm than the drugs themselves would. By seeking a drug that requires a prescription, the user gambles with an unstable product. This can lead to potentially deadly side effects and even poisoning.
Another danger of seeking counterfeit drugs is the fact that in some cases the illegal demand may lessen or negatively impact the availability of the drug on the legitimate market. It can even cause the use of the drug for legitimate purposes to be stigmatized by the public.
Effects of Counterfeit Drugs
The use of illegal means to obtain Ritalin causes serious issues for others, not only the abuser. It affects the industry and casts a shadow over its legitimate usage. Just as with any substance, anyone with an addiction or a potential addiction should seek treatment immediately.
If you or your loved ones find that you are addicted to Ritalin, there is help available. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator to discuss treatment options available for your situation. Lines are open 24 hours a day; please call today.