College-going students have recently been accused of causing shortage of Adderall, the prescription drug. The drug is used to treat children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, college-going students have been using the drugs for increasing their grasping capabilities.
Pharmacist Sandy Collier accused students of causing shortage of drugs by saying, “Some high school students as well, but you get right down to it the physicians are writing the prescriptions. So overall, there's a lot more prescriptions being written, like a huge percentage higher. 13 percent higher than the year before, I read”.
It is expected that it will take several months for the drug manufacturers to overcome the shortage of Adderall. It has further been highlighted that as the drug is cheaper, more of the students are opting for it.
It has come to light that the supply of two drugs, which are popular of curing ADHD, methylphenidates and amphetamines, is short. The ADHD drugs are manufactured in controlled quantity as they are characterized as controlled substances.
Every year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) guides pharmacies as to how much in quantity the drugs should be produced. Looking at the shortage of the drugs, the DEA decided last month that the production of methylphenidate would be increased by 56,000 kilograms and similarly the production of amphetamine will also be increased by 25,300 kilograms.
After increasing the manufacturing quantity of the drugs, it will be gauged whether or not ADHD demand is being met. There are a large number of children who are facing the ADHD problem. Students and people should understand that the consumption of drugs without any disorder is a form drug abuse. The drugs which are already in shortage should not be consumed by people without any medical reasons.
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