How Much Does Ritalin Cost On The Street?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on July 31, 2023

Ritalin (methylphenidate) is readily available, and being illegally sold for $1 to $50 per pill. Ritalin abuse can lead to addiction.

Street Price Of Ritalin - How Much Does Ritalin Cost On The Street?

The cost of Ritalin on the street, and other prescription methylphenidate medications, varies based on a number of factors.

Due to the variety of street names for Ritalin, it can be sold under several other aliases, such as the “smart drug”.

Methylphenidate drugs, including Ritalin, are being sold in schools at a cost of $1 to $2 per pill. The cost of prescription medications on the street with similar properties to Ritalin range from $1 to $50.

Cost Of Ritalin By Location

In March of 2021, people in states like Michigan and New York reported paying $30 to $50 per pill for 36 mg of methylphenidate.

Meanwhile, other areas (Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, and Connecticut) saw costs of between $2 to $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 mg 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 milligrams per pill in some areas.

Luckily, there are several substance abuse treatment centers available throughout the United States for people living with Ritalin addiction.

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