Cocaine, Adderall, and Ritalin

Another report has appeared in the news suggesting that drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall are being misused by kids, teenagers, young adults, and even older adults. (an abusive drug for all ages)

An MSNBC article states that the drug Ritalin is, “popular on the black-market.” According to the article, many of the kids that are misusing the drugs are “grade schoolers” and they’re getting the drugs from their classmates.

Researchers have found that more than one-third of students being prescribed these drugs were being asked to sell or trade them, according to MSNBC. Researchers also found that more than half of students surveyed, not taking Ritalin or Adderall, said they knew students that were either selling or giving their drugs away.

A psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin stated that, “people don’t realize what these drugs are — and that the similarities between them and cocaine are much greater than the differences.” Even the makers of these drugs have began to launch educational campaigns hoping to curb their abuse, according to the MSNBC article.

MSNBC: Abuse of ADHD drugs common – Prescription stimulants popular on black market @ 2:16 pm | Article ID: 1006294593