ST. CLOUD, MN: A shortage of ADHD prescription medication has made life difficult for those struggling with the disorder. A policy implemented by the DEA has limited the amount of ADHD medicine that can be manufactured by drug companies.
Gary Hansen, a pharmacist at Student Health Services on the campus of St. Cloud State, has noticed the limited supply of ADHD medications, including Adderall.
The limited amount of available medicine has caused the prices of these drugs to skyrocket. “Prices have taken a huge jump with the shortages,” said Hansen.
Hansen also points to other factors leading to the shortage, “There’s trouble getting the raw materials because a lot of them come from third world countries.”
This has made it difficult for people who need medication to find it, causing many to switch prescriptions, change doses or even go to another pharmacy.
Hansen believes that these changes won’t prevent people from getting medication, ”There may be some times where they have to switch the dose around or take another medication, but people nothing where they won’t be able to get any medication.”