Teenagers and young adults who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder are often prescribed Ritalin as a way to combat the effects of this disorder. This same age group has also turned to Ritalin as a way of getting high and staying up all night. They also may combine it with alcohol or other drugs for an extra kick. Ritalin has been classified by the Food and Drug Administration as a Schedule II controlled substance. This classification points out the seriousness of taking this drug without a prescription. Schedule II controlled substances are extremely addictive in nature when taken in high doses.
The History of Ritalin
The generic pharmaceutical name for Ritalin is methylphenidate. The drug was first manufactured in 1944 as a type of stimulant. In the mid-1950s, the drug was being prescribed to patients who were having trouble staying awake. These patients were suffering from narcolepsy which is often referred as the sleeping sickness as sufferers are prone to drop off to sleep at any time. With the rise in diagnoses of ADD, Ritalin was discovered as an effective course of treatment for children and teenagers. Other pharmaceutical names for Ritalin are:
For patients with a prescription, Ritalin is taken in pill form in low, manageable doses. For those who are abusing the drug, they will often crush it up and snort it much like cocaine. It has also been “cooked” by heating it on a spoon and melting it down to liquid form. This is then injected directly into the vein of a user.
“Pharming” is the term used by abusers of the drug who are mixing Ritalin with other types of control substances or alcohol. Users try these combinations in an effort to sustain the high for longer periods of time. The reality is that these combinations of drugs can be extremely harmful. If you hear the word “speedball” in reference to drug use, it’s another name for a Ritalin and heroin mash-up.
Ritalin Street Names
The following is a list of common street names used to refer to Ritalin.
- Vitamin R
- Smart Drug
- Kibbles & Bits
- West Coast
- Kibbles and bits
- Diet Coke
- Kiddy Coke
- R Pop
- Coke Junior
- Study buddies
- Poor Man’s Cocaine
Ritalin Abuse Help
Hearing these names tossed around by your teen doesn’t mean they are using. They could just be trying to sound cool. There are specific warning signs for Ritalin abuse listed on this site that are a clearer indication to a potential problem.
If you should discover that your teen is struggling with a Ritalin addiction problem then you should seek out qualified and experienced help. Dedicated counselors are standing by at the toll-free number on this page. Even if you have a suspicion, it would be a good idea to talk to a professional.