Crushed and snorted, they give a rush similar to cocaine, said Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehabilitation Center. "It's a double-edged sword," Capretto said. "It's become a popular drug of abuse among kids." Adderall, in particular, has emerged as the drug-of-the-moment, students and health experts said. "It's a huge asset if someone wants to spend 12 hours studying without fatigue," Heiligenstein said.
Another widely-abused prescription pill: Oxycontin
Oxycontin abusers either crush the tablet and ingest or snort it or dilute it in water and inject it. Crushing or diluting the tablet disarms the timed-release action of the medication and causes a quick, powerful high. Abusers have compared this feeling to the euphoria they experience when taking heroin. In fact, in some areas, the use of heroin is overshadowed by the abuse of OxyContin.
Drug users sometimes crush Oxycontin tablets and snort or inject the powder for a heroin-like high.
Two factors set OxyContin abuse apart from other prescription drug abuse. First, OxyContin is a powerful drug that contains a much larger amount of the active ingredient, oxycodone, than other prescription pain relievers. By crushing the tablet and either ingesting or snorting it, or by injecting diluted Oxycontin, abusers feel the powerful effects of the opioid in a short time, rather than over a 12-hour span. Oxycontin abusers may use heroin if their insurance will no longer pay for their OxyContin prescription, because heroin is less expensive than Oxycontin that is purchased illegally.
10mg : $1.25 : $5-10
20mg : $2.30 : $10-20
40mg : $4.00 : $25-40
80mg : $6.00 : $65-80