Ritalin: A Perscription Drug

By: Jagger L. Harris and Colin E. Fair

What is it and how is it used?

Ritalin is a schedule II narcotic. Cocaine, morphine, and other pain killers fall into this category. You can take it oraly and snort it. It can also be dissolved into water and be taken like a vaccination. Street names are Diet Coke, Vitamin R, R-ball, Rids, Skittles, and Smarties.

Ritalin Effects

Short Term:

• Nervousness.

• Insomia

• Loss of appetite

• Increased heart rate

• Dilation of pupils

• Hallucinations

Long Term:

• Liver, kidney, and lung damage

• Psychosis

• Depression

• Damage to the brain

Facts and Statistics

1. Comes in small pills, about the size of an asprin.

2. The drug can easily be dissolved in water.

3. The scientific name for Ritalin is Methylphenidate.

4. Prescription drugs rised from 5 million, 1991, to 35 million, 2007.

5. More people are going to the Emergency Room because of Ritalin.