Anatomy Of The Adderall Drought Of 2012

adderall_largeVia Motherboard, Kelly Bourdet on the inevitable mass shortages of the drug necessary to function in modern life. Will the empty pharmacy shelf be the 21st century equivalent to the gasoline scares of the 1970s?

For many people with ADHD, Adderall is what best manages their symptoms. At the same time, a drug that reduces appetite, increases wakefulness, induces feelings of euphoria (side effects, or, rather, effects of Adderall) — all through flooding your brain’s reward system—has vast potential for abuse. Amphetamine salts, used in Adderall, are classified by the U.S. Government as a Class II Narcotic, the same as cocaine and Oxycontin.

To prevent hoarding of materials and their potential for theft and illicit use, the Drug Enforcement Agency sets quotas for the chemical precursors to drugs like Adderall. But with the number of prescriptions for Adderall jumping 13 percent in the past year, pharmaceutical companies claim that the quotas are no longer sufficient for supplying Americans with their Adderall.

Doctors wrote over 18 million prescriptions for Adderall in 2010, and that number escalates every year. Increasing numbers of Americans being diagnosed with ADHD, coupled with a surge of others either feigning symptoms to get prescriptions or drying out their prescribed friends’ supplies, means there’s simply not going to be enough Adderall to satisfy everyone’s needs (and desires).

19 Comments on "Anatomy Of The Adderall Drought Of 2012"

  1. What a weird world this is. Adderall is sold in huge quantities as medicine, and methamphetamine is one of the most demonized drugs of all. Still they’re basically chemical cousins. 

    • Former Tweaker | Feb 24, 2012 at 11:19 am |

       Yep. Except meth is a shit-ton more fun, has a shit-ton more abuse & addiction potential.

      • Yeah, of course meth is stronger and longer lasting. But they’re still both quite potent stimulants. There is quite a difference in the potency of beer and Whiskey, but both are still accepted legal drugs.

        • Adderall? or Flintstones Chewable Methamphetamine?

        • MoralDrift | Feb 25, 2012 at 9:25 am |

          one of the major differences between amphetamine and methamphetamine is the meth- prefix which means the molecule can more easily cross the BBB rendering it far worse than comparing whiskey to beer..which is just a dosage thing really

    • Michael Santos | Feb 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm |

       I agree.  I took Adderall a couple of times, mostly out of curiosity.  This stuff is no joke.  It’s a pretty harsh,  mind-altering drug.  I also don’t know how people that take Adderall ever sleep. 

      • MoralDrift | Feb 25, 2012 at 9:26 am |

        Same. after the first time I tried it I said to my friend, “and youve been on this since how old? this is fucking criminal!”

  2. Pharma-free Citizen | Feb 24, 2012 at 11:09 am |

    We are under constant chemical, & psychological bombardment.
    No wonder so many people are zombies in this day and age.
    It’s amazing to watch the machine corrode more & more. 
    People are waking up the drug coma

  3. Boy I can’t wait for my children’s big milestones. First steps, first words, first ADHD diagnosis…

  4. Griffin2020 | Feb 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm |

    In actuality, there is not a shortage of the branded drug “Adderall”. The shortage is on the generic versions (Amphetamine Salts Combo). Most insurance companies will only pay a set amount for non-generic drugs if a generic exists (availability does not matter). What this means is that my generic is $10/ month ($25/ 3 months) but Adderall is $50 per month ($150/ 3 months), plus a copay each time, as it is illegal for the physician to write a prescription with refills..

    • Quite interesting that a big part of the population seems to prefer stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin and another big part seems to prefer downers like Xanax and Valium. Anything seems to be preferable to the status quo of normal counciousness. 

  5. Slavery comes in many forms.  I am not a slave to the drug companies YET and it will be a sad day when it does come.  Because I will know it.  How many loved ones do you know are slaves to the drug companies?  Doomed never to be cured with no choice but to pay or die.

    Drug companies are the real reason why health insurance is so expensive……

  6. we need a lab | Feb 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm |

    Time to smoke some real meth kiddies!!!!

  7. DeepCough | Feb 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

    “Adderall drought?” First it’s a “shortage,” now it’s a “drought?” Anyone else wonder where Big Pharma is hoarding the stash?

  8. Michael Santos | Feb 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm |

    Whatever happened to just doing a few bumps of cocaine?  It seems that it’s easier to get and probably safer for you.

  9. if i didnt start taking adderall i would have dropped out and be drinking every day. 

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