The cost of Ritalin on the street, and other prescription methylphenidate medications, varies based on a number of factors. Because Ritalin is often referred to by street names, it can be sold under other aliases, such as the smart drug.
Methylphenidate drugs, including Ritalin, are being sold in schools at a cost of $1-$2 per pill. Purchasing the same types of prescription medications on the street range from $1-$50.
The wide range in cost may likely be due to young people:
- stealing the medication from family or friends
- selling the pills at school
- not realizing that the cost is higher on the street
Cost Of Ritalin By Location
In March of 2021, people in states like Michigan and New York reported paying $30-$50 per pill for 36 mg of methylphenidate.
Meanwhile, other areas (Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, Connecticut) saw costs of between $2-$8 for the same milligram dosage.
Cost Of Ritalin By Availability
Availability seems to play a role in the cost of illegally sold Ritalin. For example, the cost in New York ranged between $10 and $45 for a 36-milligram pill over a two-week period.
Across the United States, Ritalin most often costs approximately $5 per pill, with variations due to the above factors and a slight increase in cost due to milligram per pill in some areas.
Addiction Treatment For Ritalin
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