Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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Kiddie Cocaine

Ritalin! is a must have for achieving at studies and used as a recreational party drug.

Ritalin is one of the two pharmaceutical stimulants most commonly prescribed for ADHD.But for some students the idea of not taking the correct dosage as prescribed by Doctors have been able to turn a prescribed drug into a profit, selling tablets of Ritalin to fellow students.

Over time significant numbers of university and High School  students are possesing ADHD medication illegally to gain the upper hand in academic achievements systematically trying to obtain for themselves a boost in brain power.

“I know people that stay up for days off Adderall or Ritalin, and it does the same thing as coke,” said Abby Neff, another Sobriety High student who abused Ritalin.

In a school environment there has been instances of ignorance about what is happening.

ADHD until of late has been associated with childhood disorders but a growing trend is emerging for diagnosis in adults also.
In some cases children who have been prescribed Ritalin have continued until early years of adulthood.



One particular student interviewed at Boston University stated that classmates misused  the drug for a night out on the town. “A lot of people snorted it – to sort of keep them awake,” the particular student of interest , didn’t want his name to be disclosed. “It was sort of for endurance – for drinking, going out.”
In a growing trend, some kids snort crushed tablets to get a cocaine-like rush. Or they dissolve tablets in water, “cook it” and inject it intravenously like heroin to get high. Or they swallow the tablets whole to help them stay focused and to study better.

Ritalin is ”uncannily like cocaine in terms of what it does in the brain”, Professor McGregor said.


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“Second, the large-scale medication of children feeds into a societal view that all of life’s problems can be solved with a pill and gives millions of children the impression that there is something inherently defective in them.”


The active ingredient in Ritalin is methylphenidate hydrochloride, a central nervous system stimulant. Some possible side-effects of taking the drug include:

❏ Nausea.

❏ feeling nervous.

❏ Restlessness or inability to sleep.

❏ Dry mouth.

❏ Dizziness.

❏ Mood changes such as depression or irritability.

❏ Blurred vision or problems focusing the eyes.

❏ Hair loss.

❏ Hives.

❏ Joint pain.

❏ Toothache.

❏ Excessive sweating.

❏ Feeling jittery.




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4 comments on “Kiddie Cocaine

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  3. carliwindridge
    May 8, 2016

    I believe that there is not enough attention brought to Ritalin abuse and especially the consequences considering 16% of US college students have used it for recreational purposes and it is being increasingly prescribed.

    The journal article linked below delves into the psychiatric side of addiction to Ritalin and why the researchers believe there is a problem.
    Things I found interesting in this article is that the daily intake of Ritalin is “arbitrary and not based on clinical research.”

    I believe Ritalin is going to become the next Zanex in the way that it is socially abused on a large scale and there need to be measure and education to stop it in its tracks.

    Stock, G. and Morto, A. (2000). Methylphenidate Abuse and Psychiatric Side Effects. Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, [online] 2(5), p.159. Available at: [Accessed 8 May 2016].

    Addiction Center, (2016). Ritalin Addiction, Abuse and Treatment. [online] Addiction Center. Available at: [Accessed 8 May 2016].


  4. Jessica Liew
    May 9, 2016

    I find that this is an interesting topic that you have chosen to talk about.
    For myself who does blog posts on addiction among teenagers, I know that teenagers nowadays have to be monitored when coming to drug using regardless of prescribed by their doctors or used personally by themselves. It is also fascinating to know that students actually uses ritalin as a boost for their everyday life. Maybe some clarification for the term children since children who are under the age of 6 are not approved to use ritalin as a medication. (
    Overall it is a nice post.


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