Police swooping on illegal Ritalin use

Tel Aviv clubbers have found that mixing the drug with alcohol produces a cocaine-type high.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
December 9, 2007 08:04
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Tel Aviv clubbers have found that mixing the drug with alcohol produces a cocaine-type high. Police have already made arrests, while doctors warn that usage can be potentially fatal A new illegal party drug has swept Tel Aviv - and it's a somewhat surprising one, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. The drug Ritalin, normally prescribed for children with concentration difficulties, is being sold at nightclubs, where it is washed down with alcohol for a cocaine-like high. Police recently arrested 10 suspects who purchased thousands of the tablets and planned to resell them illegally for NIS 50 each. According to the report, nightclubbers and university students have discovered that Ritalin mixed with alcohol produces a similar effect to cocaine, for a far cheaper price and with much less legal risk. Police became aware of the phenomenon after several pharmacies in the Netanya area reported a significant increase in demand for the prescription drug earlier this year. Following a police investigation,the suspects were arrested and charged with forging prescriptions and with illegally selling the drug. One nightclubber was quoted as saying that the Ritalin-alcohol "cocktail" was a "healthy" and relatively cheap way to get a high. But doctors warned that this mixture could be dangerous. "The combination of these two chemicals in uncontrolled quantities can damage the heart, cause a rise in blood pressure to the point of bleeding in the brain, can lead to psychosis, and even to death," said a senior Ichilov Hospital doctor.

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