Last May, The Observer chronicled a problem beginning to plague New York City: a shortage of Adderall, the amphetamine ostensibly used in conjunction with a diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) or just plain old ADD, but is often employed as a totally legal way to do speed during the workday. As one can imagine, a shortage of the drug might affect New York City particularly hard, which—with the shortage now in full, national swing—it has.
Fierce debates on the moral and ethical imperatives behind Adderall use aside, most of the response to ‘The Great Adderall Shortage of 2011 Rages On‘ was (to paraphrase):
Yes, we know. It’s awful. Now where can we get some?
They’ve kept coming. And it’s become worse. We’re hearing tales of people not only unable to fill prescriptions of plain-old Adderall IR (instant release) in any size, generic or otherwise, but also tales of being unable to fill the alternatives to Adderall people are being prescribed in order to work around the shortage: generic or brand-name Adderall XR (extended release), Vyvanse, Concerta, Ritalin, et al. Just last night, from a tipster:
“Went to Duane Reade on Union Sq. for Adderall 30 XR, no brand or generic. Girl in front of me was trying to fill Vyvance 15mg, she almost started crying, said she went to three other pharmacies before. We both went to Walgreens on 14th, same deal. None of my XRs or her Vyvance. She looked like she was about to have a breakdown, but was wearing really nice boots.”
As such—in the name of dubious public service, and imperiled, well-booted New Yorkers everywhere—we’ve set up The NYC Adderall Wire. Email email@example.com whenever you can or can’t fill a prescription of one of the many amphetamine-esque drugs New Yorkers are trying to score right now. We’ll keep this page constantly updated so you can know who does and doesn’t have.
Of course, this experiment requires the good will of those willing to share their fortune in actually finding a way to get their prescriptions filled, and people trying to secure a limited quantity of anything might be reluctant to report upon their findings; all The Observer can offer is the ideal of good karma, and nothing more.
THE ADDERALL WIRE
UPTOWN (24TH AND ABOVE): No entries yet.
DOWNTOWN (23RD AND BELOW):
11/22/2011, Duane Reade at Union Square: “Out of 30mg XRs brand and generic. Out of Vyvance 15mg.”
11/22/2011, Walgreens at Union Square: “Out of 30mg XRs brand and generic. Out of Vyvanse 15mg.”
11/22/2011, Duane Reade at 23rd and 3rd: “Filled 30mg XR brand, but they said they were close to out. Had 30 XRs generic in stock.”
OUTER BOROUGHS: No entries yet.
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