What Is Ritalin?
Ritalin, the most well-known brand name for the drug Methylphenidate, is a prescription medication used in the treatment of various mental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant and is used to increase focus and decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity. It does this by increasing the abundance of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in the central nervous system. As a stimulant, it is most often misused as a study drug by students. It comes in a variety of tablet forms, which can also be crushed into powder by abusers and snorted in order to achieve a faster reaction, as well as capsules, oral solutions and transdermal patches.
Other common names for drugs containing methylphenidate include:
- Aptensio XR
- Metadate CD
- Quillivant XR
Penalties for Ritalin Possession and Distribution
Ritalin is like many other prescription medications with a high potential for abuse. It is classified as a Schedule II drug by the DEA under the Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. Schedule II drugs are those that are considered to have:
- A high potential for abuse.
- A currently accepted medical use in the United States, which in Ritalin’s case is the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy.
- Potential for severe physical or psychological dependence.
The penalties for Ritalin, like most other drug possession and distribution charges in New Jersey, are based on the amount of the drug you are found in possession of. Obtaining Ritalin through forgery or fraud will also incur additional charges.
- Disorderly Persons Offense: Ritalin Possession or Intent to Distribute (4 or fewer doses without a prescription)
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Jail time of up to 6 months
- Fourth Degree Ritalin Possession with Intent to Distribute (4 or fewer doses and with a financial transaction taking place)
- Fines up to $10,000
- Jail Time of up to 18 months
- Third Degree Ritalin Possession or Intent to Distribute (5 to 99 doses)
- Fines up to $200,000
- Prison time of up to 5 years
- Second Degree Ritalin Possession or Intent to Distribute (100 or more doses)
- Fines up to $300,000
- Prison time of up to 10 years
- Ritalin Prescription Fraud or Forgery
- Fines up to $50,000
- Prison time of 3 to 5 years
- Licenses suspension of up to 6 months
Facing a Ritalin Possession or Distribution Charge in NJ?
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