Methylphenidate, more commonly known as Ritalin, is a Central Nervous System stimulant drug. It is used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in kids, teens, and adults. Novartis (formerly Ciba-Geigy) began producing Ritalin about 30 years ago. It was designed to fix a chemical-imbalance in the brain (ADD and ADHD). The use of Ritalin began slowly, but as soon as the ADD diagnosis became more common, so did the prescriptions of Ritalin. â€œADD has become an increasingly common diagnosis for young people with learning disabilities, causing a dramatic spike in Ritalin prescriptions. Though the drug helps ADD sufferers focus, it acts as a stimulant in those who are not diagnosed with the disorder.â€ http://www.articles.student.com/article/Ritalin.
Ritalin is classified by the DEA as a Schedule II drug. High school and college students commonly abuse Ritalin for a quick â€˜high.â€™ A single pill of Ritalin usually costs the drug abuser anywhere between $3 and $5 on the streets. â€œRitalin effect is equal to that of cocaine or amphetamines, however Ritalin is more potent and lasts longer.â€ http://www.students.stedwards.edu/~sgottne/summ5.htm. There are