Ritalin: Consequences of Abuse in a Clinical Population

  • Robert M. J. Haglund
  • Lynn L. Howerton

Abstract

A review of the literature suggests that serious complications are to be expected from frequent abuse of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) particularly if administered I.V. Treatment personnel have also suggested complicating factors surrounding the abuse of Ritalin during outpatient treatment for opiate dependency.

A consecutive series of admissions (n=111) to a comprehensive Drug Services program is examined for their use of Ritalin. Special attention is given to history of use, means of supply, and adverse consequences associated with the abuse of this substance. Adverse reactions (client’s definition) occurred in nearly 30 percent of the user group. Recommendations for treatment and prevention will be summarized based on the project findings.

Keywords

Amphetamine Heroin Ritalin Talc Barbiturate 

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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. J. Haglund
    • 1
  • Lynn L. Howerton
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Addiction ServicesUSA

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