Concerta is a brand name for the prescription drug methylphenidate. It treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a disorder that causes excessive sleeping. Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies Concerta as a Schedule II controlled substance. That means it has high abuse potential. Prescription drug abuse occurs when you use a drug in a manner not prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Many people who abuse Concerta get it from the black market, where the drug’s price can vary.
Concerta Street Value
The average street price of Concerta ranges between $2 and $15 per pill. The most important factors that affect pricing are strength and supply.
Concerta comes in 18mg, 27mg, 36mg, and 54mg strengths. Generally, the higher the strength, the higher the street price.
In most cases, higher supply leads to lower prices. Thus, if you live in an area with a high supply of Concerta, the drug will likely be cheaper than it is in areas with a low supply.
How Does The Street Price Of Concerta Compare To The Street Price Of Other Drugs?
The street price of Concerta is similar to the street price of other ADHD medications, such as Ritalin (another brand of methylphenidate) and Adderall (a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine).
It’s also similar to the price of certain prescription drugs, including benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium and some prescription opioid (opiate) painkillers, including hydrocodone, methadone, buprenorphine, tramadol, Percocet, and Vicodin.
Other drugs are much more expensive than Concerta. For example, the powerful opioid fentanyl can cost $40 per pill, and the illicit drug methamphetamine can cost $60 per gram.
Concerta Street Names
To prevent detection by law enforcement, people who illegally buy and sell Concerta refer to the drug, using street names. The most common street names for Concerta (and other brands of methylphenidate) include:
- Diet Coke
- Kibbles and Bits
- Kiddie Cocaine
- Kiddie Coke
- Poor Man’s Cocaine
- Skittles, which can also refer to MDMA (also called ecstasy or molly)
- Smarties, which can also refer to MDMA or Adderall
- Study Buddies, which can also refer to Adderall
- Truck Drivers, which can also refer to Adderall
If you or a loved one struggles with Concerta abuse or another form of drug use, please contact an Ark Behavioral Health specialist.
Drug Enforcement Administration - Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines
United States Drug Enforcement Administration - Slang Terms and Code
Words - A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel
United States National Library of Medicine - Methylphenidate
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