Specific Drug: Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
Classification: Psychostimulant
Commercial Names: Attenade, Focalis, Ritalin
Common Names/Nicknames: MPH, R-ball, Skippy, Smart Drug, Vitamin R
Active Compound: Methylphenidate
Found in: Synthetic methylphenidate
Mode of Consumption: Ingestion, insufflation, intravenous injection
DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule II, legal with prescription
Increased concentration, increased energy, mental alertness, blood pressure variations, rapid heart rate, loss of appetite, psychotic episodes
Addiction, withdrawal, stroke, pulmonary embolism, psychosis, paranoia, schizophrenia, fatal overdose
Insufflation: nasal septum damage; Injection: blood-bourne pathogens, pulmonary damage (talcosis), endocarditis, abscess
Dangerous Drug Combinations:
Potentially fatal mix with cocaine and other stimulants. Dangerous combination with cold medications, heart disease medications, and antidepressants.
Special Considerations:
Methylphenidate can be abused in academic settings for its ability to increase alertness.


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                                                                                    The Amnesty Policy
Harvard College Student Handbook

Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition), by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, andWilkie Wilson. Published 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.nida.nih.gov/DrugPages/ 
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), part of the U.S.Department of Justice. http://www.justice.gov/dea/
Erowid Organization http://www.erowid.org/