Focalin is a prescription medication that is meant to be taken orally. No clinical studies have been done on the risks of snorting it; but it is likely to be more dangerous than taking the drug by mouth. When a person snorts or injects drugs, it allows for direct entry into the bloodstream, making the drugs more potent and more dangerous. Also, because Focalin is not sterile, injecting or snorting it may lead to infections or other problems.
An Overview of Snorting FocalinFocalin® (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat ADHD. It is also a medication that is commonly abused. Focalin is meant to be taken by mouth, and the safety of snorting Focalin has never been studied. Snorting Focalin is likely to be more dangerous than taking it by mouth.
Why Do People Snort It?There are many reasons why Focalin is snorted. It is a stimulant, or an "upper," that people can easily abuse. Another reason Focalin is snorted is for weight loss. Weight loss is a common side effect of Focalin. Because it is a commonly prescribed medication, it is often easy to find.
Is Snorting Focalin Safe?
Many people mistakenly think that snorting (or otherwise abusing) Focalin is safe because it is a prescription medication, not a "street drug." Many people who abuse Focalin take very high doses, much higher than would be normally prescribed.
Also, even people who snort or inject normal doses of Focalin are putting themselves at higher risk. Snorting or injecting drugs allows for direct entry into the bloodstream, making them more potent (and more dangerous). Another thing to keep in mind is that Focalin is not sterile, so injecting or snorting it may lead to infections or other problems.