Ritalin snorting is dangerous because it releases the full effect of the medication at once, thereby increasing the potency and potential health risks.
What Is Ritalin?
Ritalin is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
It is an amphetamine based stimulant that works by interacting with the chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) that are believed to contribute to hyperactivity, inattention, impulsive behavior, and narcolepsy.
It is intended to be taken by mouth; not crushed and snorted.
Why Do People Snort Ritalin?
As a stimulant or “upper” it is abused for various reasons. Some folks snort Ritalin for a rush, some college students abuse Ritalin to cram for tests and exams.
Some partygoers consume Ritalin while drinking in order to keep the party going and stay up later.
Furthermore, others may abuse Ritali for weight loss purposes.
The Health Risks
The dangers of snorting Ritalin can include the destruction or damage to the nasal and sinus cavities, nasal infections, irregular heartbeat, psychosis, aggression, agitation, circulation problems, toxic shock, and possible death.
Snorting a stimulant such as Ritalin while consuming alcohol in order to counteract the effects of a depressant such as alcohol may enable the user to consume more alcohol. This may result in alcohol poisoning, lead to an increase motor vehicle accidents, or DUI's.
Users of Ritalin or alcohol should be exercise caution when operating heavy machinery or motor vehicles.
In addition, snorting Ritalin can lead to Ritalin abuse or addiction which occurs when an individual eventually begins to depend on the high the drug provides. Addiction is characterized by increasing dosages and more frequent episodes of use followed by depression.
Ritalin withdrawal can lead to severe depression, psychosis, restlessness, and extreme feelings of agitation.
If you are snorting Ritalin or using it for weight loss purposes you are, by definition, abusing it. If you are purchasing it from a friend or from the internet without a prescription, you are breaking the law.
This prescription medication is meant to be used only under the direct supervision of a medical professional.
Also, do not assume that Ritalin is safe because it is a prescription medication. If you suspect that you may be suffering from abuse or addiction, it can be treated.
Consult with your doctor who can make substance abuse treatment referrals. In the meantime they can slowly wean you off of Ritalin and try other ADHD medications.
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