Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamines (Adderall) are essentially the same pharmacologically, both are considered having “strong potential for abuse,” and therefore classified as Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. Production levels in the United States are regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which sets quotas (limits) on the amount that may be manufactured each year, in an effort to control illegal uses. The dramatically rising production quotas shown below mirror the unprecedented high demand for ADHD prescriptions in the United States.
SOURCE of Data: U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration: Diversion Control Division: Federal Register Notices.
United States Consumes 85% of World's Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
SOURCE of Data: United Nations, as presented before the U.S. Congress by the DEA on May 16, 2000.
The United States produces and consumes 85% of the world’s methylphenidate, according to the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board.
Many think methylphenidate (Ritalin) is safe, or mild, because so many children use it. However, the government classifies the psychoactive drug with cocaine and morphine because it's highly addictive. [More]
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U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration: Diversion Control Division: Federal Register Notices: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/.
United Nations Information Service, International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 1995, “Dramatic Increase in Methylphenidate Consumption in US: Marketing Methods Questioned”.
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