The Adderall Shortage of 2012
Why There Is A Shortage
The Adderall shortage of late 2011 and 2012, may be the writing on the wall for those who are dependent on this prescription drug. It is a concrete reminder that when you become medically dependent on something, it is wise to make sure it will be available whenever necessary.
There are conflicting views on why the Adderall shortage has come about. The fact that Adderall is a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance with a growing demand has a lot to do with it. The fact that its production is tightly regulated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency -- to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands -- is definitely a factor.
Where things get contentious is the fact that the pharmaceutical companies that make this and similar drugs are always interested in increasing their market size -- and this comes in conflict with the DEA's estimate of how many people may be faking symptoms of the ADHD disorder for which it is commonly prescribed.
So, even those who have a legitimate prescription from a doctor have the DEA second-guessing whether there should be enough Adderall produced for them. This is leaving many long-time patients "out in the cold" without a drug they need to function more or less normally.
Then, too, there is also the question of whether the shortage is some kind of marketing ploy by the pharmaceutical companies that make the drug, intended to drive desperate users to new patented alternatives, as older patents expire. Whether this is true or not, we can only speculate.
In The Final Analysis, Who Really Knows...Or Cares?
What is truly important here is that this Adderall shortage should call into question the risks of giving a dangerous drug to children as young as 3 years old. As the public searches for replacement options, it will be interesting to see how the free market will respond to bring forth a variety of critically needed healthier alternatives.
There is obviously a great potential for misuse of this drug -- described in Wikipedia as "mixed amphetamine salts" -- even among long-term legitimate users. It is amazing that billions of dollars of DEA money is spent keeping amphetamines out of our country, while -- at the same time -- they may be legally given to children as young as 3.
There Is No Question That Adderall Is A Dangerous Drug
In 2005, Health Canada suspended authorization for use of the drug for a time after it was reported by the manufacturer that there had been 12 children who died suddenly while taking the drug. It was later put back on the market.
Are the Food & Drug Administration and the DEA protecting the public's health by restricting this dangerous prescription drug? And, if Adderall must be kept out of the hands of addicts who want to use it, why is the same drug being given to little children?
Are there no safer herbal-based natural remedies that can be used to produce a similar effect? Many doctors contend that there are.
Perhaps the fact that no natural substance can be patented has a bearing on why the pharmaceutical industry has no interest in promoting nutritional supplements that are more acceptable to our body. They have no desire to invest millions of dollars in developing, testing, and advertising safer nutritional formulas because there is no possibility of restraining competitors from undercutting their magnificent profits.
So, The Public -- Many of them Children -- Gets Offered Only One Stimulant Treatment Avenue by the Pharmaceutical Industry -- Amphetamines
One way or the other, this Adderall shortage brings up many intriguing questions why such a powerful stimulant is prescribed for use in children when it is viewed as unsafe for use by adults -- unless, of course, they can demonstrate sufficient medical need to get a doctor's prescription.
And then, thanks to further DEA involvement in the market, there is no guarantee that anyone can find a pharmacist capable of filling their prescription! So what good are prescriptions, if there is insufficient supply to fill them?
Where are legitimate users of this prescribed drug supposed to go -- to the black market where there is always plenty of methamphetamine that somehow gets into the country despite the best efforts of the DEA? There has got to be a better alternative!
A Safer Alternative to the Adderall Shortage
- The Adderall Shortage of 2012
The Adderall Shortage may be a blessing in disguise for adults and children hookd on this dangerous drug.
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