New research from Rockefeller University confirms what millions of teenagers have known for years, that the overly-prescribed methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin, is practically the same as coke.
Specifically, the research found that ritalin causes physical changes in reward regions of mouse brains that overlap with those of cocaine. The findings were published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (For the record, both methylphenidate and cocaine are in the class of drugs known as psychostimulants. Hmmm.) "The study highlights the need for more research into methylphenidate’s long-term effects on the brain," the researchers say. What's alarming is that this further research wasn't conducted decades ago when doctors were essentially prescribing pills of blow to help kids finish their homework.