Concerta is the brand name for an “extended-release” version of methylphenidate. Methylphenidate is also prescribed under the brand name Ritalin and is most often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, particularly in children and young adults (although adult ADHD diagnoses are on the rise, as well).
Concerta, or methylphenidate, is a schedule II stimulant drug, which means it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. When taken in high doses, Concerta can produce physical and mental effects similar to street drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine
People who abuse Concerta often crush the pill or empty the capsule of its contents and subsequently either inject or snortConcerta in order to get an immediate “high,” as opposed to the extended-release (effects drawn out over time) that is intended when used as prescribed.
Although Concerta may be useful in treating disorders such as ADHD when used as intended, its potential for abuse is a cause for great concern.