Ritalin and Cocaine are chemically similar. In fact, they even compete for the same binding sites on neurons.
Ritalin increases alertness and productivity. It is not addictive when taken as a doctor prescribes, however, it is currently the most abused prescription drug in the U.S.
30-50% of adolescents in drug treatment centers report abusing Ritalin.
Of the six million people that are on Ritalin in the United States, 75% of these are children. Children typically stop taking Ritalin when they reach adulthood, and interestingly, these individuals seem to be more prone to cocaine addiction. 10-30% of cocaine addicts have ADHD
Studies here been done on animals that suggest children that are mistakenly diagnosed with ADHD and treated with Ritalin are more likely to develop depression as adults. There is much debate about whether ADHD is diagnosed too frequently. Ritalin increases dopamine levels in the brain. Perhaps an unnecessary increase in dopamine during childhood may change how the brain develops .
All stated information, facts, and pictures were derived from http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/issues/ritalin.html
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