Ritalin Addictions – “Kiddie Cocaine” Gaining Popularity

Sometimes referred to as “kiddie cocaine”, Ritalin is often the drug of choice of many adolescents and college students. Consequently, Ritalin addictions are on the rise. Ritalin, also known by its generic name, methylphenidate, is a central nervous system stimulant that is primarily used to treat ADD and ADHD. Although it has a calming effect on individuals with these disorders, reducing impulsive behavior and increasing concentration levels, it has an opposite euphoric effect on individuals who do not suffer from these conditions.

Because of the growing concern of Ritalin addictions, substance abuse professionals are employing innovative methods to track trends and developments in Ritalin addictions. The graphs on this page quantify online queries for a one-year period and offer interesting insights about the concentration of Ritalin searches by internet users.

Side Effects of Ritalin – Low Concentration of Queries

When used as prescribed, the side effects of Ritalin are normally fairly benign and may include symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth and lack of appetite. High blood pressure and heart palpitations are less common, but have been reported as well.

In Graph 1 below, “side effects of ritalin” is well down the list of popular searches, with only 4,275 queries. The most popular inquiries involve purchasing Ritalin either with or without a prescription. “Buy ritalin” totaled just over 86,000 queries, while the phrases “ritalin no prescription” and “ritalin without a prescription” were recorded 17,119 times. Other searches of note include “ritalin weight” and “ritalin weight loss”. These can refer to either the weight loss side effects of Ritalin use or its new popularity as an appetite suppressant. “Smoking ritalin” and “snorting ritalin” also indicate an interest in methods to achieve a greater “high” than from simply orally ingesting this drug.

Ritalin Addictions Research - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 2,000  53,000
buy ritalin    51477
ritalin online    23547
ritalin abuse    13671
buy ritalin online    10992
ritalin weight    10953
ritalin weight loss    10951
ritalin dosage    9320
ritalin no prescription    8996
smoking ritalin    8396
ritalin la    8164
ritalin without a prescription    8128
snorting ritalin    7948
ritalin cocaine    6570
history of ritalin    5482
ritalin use in schools    5475
buying ritalin    4747
brain effects of ritalin    4745
ritalin for children    4470
side effects of ritalin    4275
alternatives to ritalin    3770
ritalin patch    3650
ritalin adults    3395
ritalin for adults    3291
substitute for ritalin    3287
herbal substitute for ritalin    3285
ritalin drug    3158
pictures of ritalin    2920
ritalin snorting    2745
ritalin vs adderall    2446
what is ritalin    2269
2,000 53,000

Ritalin Abuse – Highly Ranked Search

“Ritalin abuse” garnered 13,671 searches and was the 3rd most frequently searched phrase in Graph 1. In Graph 2, “abuse”, was the 5th most common word used in all Ritalin queries. Clearly, while Ritalin addictions are on the rise, so is the anxiety about Ritalin abuse. This may be the reason for searches for Ritalin substitutes, which is also featured on Graph 1.

Ritalin - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in ritalin searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 ritalin exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words. - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  58,000
buy    55877
online    24381
prescription    20554
side    15486
abuse    14789
loss    13772
weight    13713
snorting    10928
adults    10368
dosage    9380
smoking    8397
la    8164
long    8102
children    7994
brain    7211
term    7066
cocaine    6934
history    5706
how    5705
schools    5486
drug    4812
buying    4747
from    4542
adderall    4292
add    4263
alternatives    3818
adhd    3761
patch    3650
herbal    3292
substitute    3290
pictures    2970
vs    2922
drink    2920
what    2785
perscription    2676
cheap    2671
snort    2562
life    2520
half    2520
adult    2306
work    2195
kids    1986
alternative    1917
natural    1905
withdrawal    1840
overuse    1835
overdose    1832
20mg    1829
withdrawl    1825
cons    1695
prozac    1540
cause    1539
detox    1496
get    1474
photos    1464
benefits    1461
overnight    1389
pros    1331
delivery    1278
studies    1234
dangers    1179
generic    1174
xr    1169
chemical    1159
mg    1106
tests    1106
adverse    1102
sale    1100
pregnancy    1098
marijuana    1095
injury    1095
acting    1095
serious    1095
novartis    973
day    876
where    825
purchase    817
types    804
seizures    804
pharmacy    802
order    789
20    781
statistics    757
pill    756
wiggles    754
high    746
alcohol    739
safe    736
line    736
sniffing    730
composition    661
social    624
test    593
canada    589
affects    581
concerta    552
medicine    489
placebo    487
treatment    469
school    457
0 58,000

Innovations In Addictions Research by Montreal Drug and Alcohol Rehab

USDR, a progressive drug and alcohol rehab center outside of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is continually working to improve addictions research methods. With the type of innovative investigation featured on this page, Clear Haven can keep pace with the explosive use of the internet for both information gathering and the popularity of internet prescription drug sales. To read similar studies on additional addictive substances, visit other pages on this website.

Ritalin - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 100 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 700  2300
ritalin no perscription    2197
ritalin work    2193
buy ritalin no perscription    2190
add and ritalin    2190
cheap ritalin    2119
buy cheap ritalin    2117
ritalin buy    2086
snort ritalin    2012
ritalin half life    1971
children on ritalin    1840
alternative to ritalin    1839
overuse of ritalin    1835
ritalin overdose    1830
withdrawal from ritalin    1827
ritalin withdrawl    1825
ritalin 20mg    1825
add ritalin    1643
ritalin dosage adults    1642
ritalin and adhd    1642
detox from ritalin    1496
cons of ritalin    1465
ritalin photos    1460
buying ritalin online    1460
benefits of ritalin    1315
brain on ritalin    1170
natural ritalin    1168
ritalin xr    1168
generic ritalin    1160
ritalin prescription    1140
ritalin and adderall    1110
abuse of ritalin    1104
ritalin for sale    1099
ritalin and weight loss    1096
ritalin and marijuana    1095
ritalin studies    1095
ritalin and prozac    1095
ritalin during pregnancy    1095
ritalin kids    1095
ritalin and drug tests    1095
dangers of snorting ritalin    1095
adult add and ritalin    1095
ritalin long acting    1095
ritalin and brain injury    1095
how to snort ritalin    1095
how does ritalin work    1095
snorting ritalin vs adderall    986
ritalin next day    876
ritalin use in adults    842
types of ritalin    804
adhd ritalin    793
adhd and ritalin    749
where to buy ritalin    742
buy ritalin no prescription    735
ritalin on line    734
ritalin and children    734
ritalin and alcohol    734
how to get ritalin    733
ritalin 20 mg    733
ritalin pill    732
ritalin abuse among children    732
how to buy ritalin    731
ritalin purchase    731
ritalin and seizures    731
novartis ritalin    730
side effects from ritalin    730
sniffing ritalin    730
natural alternatives to ritalin    730
ritalin statistics    730
kids and ritalin    730
wiggles and ritalin    730
700 2300