WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many people with ADHD are having a hard time getting their prescription for Adderall filled.
For about a month now, pharmacies have had very little to no supply of the drug. Some patients are turning to desperate measures to get a hold of the pills.
Pharmacies across the country are experiencing a shortage of Adderall.
“There is a problem,” said Hal King, owner of King’s pharmacy in Wilmington.
King says patients prescribed the immediate-release version of the drug have been frantically trying to get a hold of the pills.
“A lot of people are just not on their game,” King said. “Sometimes they have to gather their thoughts.”
King says he gets about 30 to 50 calls every day and says it has gone on for about a month.
“I didn’t realize that their were so many people taking this product to have a normal life, and it’s just been amazing,” King said.
Unlike many pharmacies in Wilmington, King’s gets a shipment of about four bottles of Adderall a week, which King says is no where near enough.
“Some pharmacies, like CVS for example, will find out that we have some, and they’ve sent all of their patients over to us, so we’ve just had a deluge of people come to us and try to get this product,” he said.
Jacob Schnexnayder does not use the drug, but says many of his friends that do have been suffering.
“It’s hard. People can’t function like they normally do, so they’ve got to find another way to get it,” Schnexnayder said.
He says because they can’t obtain the pills legally, they sometimes have to get the drug off the streets.
“If they get caught doing that, they could be arrested, because it is technically illegal, but nobody has any, so what are they going to do,” Schnexnayder said.
King says he believes the problem is most likely due to a shortage in raw materials and the increased demand of the drug.
King says he has started to advise patients to have doctors prescribe them Ritalin or the extended release capsules to help them with their ADHD.