Thanks to a Nationwide Adderall Shortage, an SMU Dealer Says, Profits Are Up, Up, Up

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Sarah Kramer
As midterms approached on the SMU campus, as the dual stenches of Red Bull and coffee drifted through university libraries and the bars fell quiet, Jennifer, clad in an oversized sweatshirt and yoga pants, looked like an average college student cramming for midterms.

Yet, as she sat at her usual table in a study room in SMU's Fondren Library, she held what many students consider the key to a successful test season -- if, that is, they are willing to meet her price. They usually are.

Jennifer is a campus Adderall dealer. And in the time of a nationwide shortage of the prescription stimulant, she's in a seller's market.

"On our first reading day, I had already received at least five texts with people wanting to buy a few," said Jennifer, who spoke to Unfair Park on condition we didn't use her real name. "Midterms and finals are always good for business."

For students who need it, Adderall, a popular medicine used to treat attention deficit disorder, is a game-changer and grade-changer. For students who just want it, it's part study aid and part low-rent party drug.

"Students crush it up and snort it like anything else," Jennifer said. "I've watched people blow it off a table in the library as a quick up before an exam. And, some people do it before going out instead of cocaine because it's cheaper."

Jennifer was prescribed the little blue pill during her junior year of high school. She's been selling her surplus pills for nearly four years. It's an added bonus for splurging on the weekends -- a new silk top, that clutch she's been eying for months or an elegant dinner with her girls. Her parents, oblivious to her drug deals, fill her bank account monthly, and she can rely on another good $100 a week from babysitting.

At the end of 2011, during finals weeks, pharmacies across the nation struggled to fill prescriptions thanks to limits set by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which establishes annual quotas for controlled substances used in certain prescription drugs.

Drug-makers claim they cannot meet the demand for the growing number of prescriptions without an increase in limits from the DEA. The DEA counters that the supply problem is being exacerbated by pharmaceutical companies, who are devoting more of their quota for Adderall's precursor chemical toward pricier, branded versions of the drug and away from lower-cost generic versions.

There are no hard statistics for how many college students use Adderall, but more than 18 million prescriptions were written for the drug in 2010, an increase of 13 percent from the year before, according to IMS Health, a health-care information and technology company. But those who don't have a prescription may be responsible for the shortage, according to pharmacists, by increasing demand beyond the DEA's supply limits.

Which is why, in December, as students with prescriptions went searching for pharmacies that still had the drug in stock, students without Adderall prescriptions began to panic.
"It's something I need and can usually get easily," one student said. "But during finals it was nearly impossible to fill my prescription."

Jennifer came up short in December too, as her pharmacy could not fill her prescription. Walgreens told her she could get a "partial," which means only half her prescription could be filled. But with demand so high, she knew she could increase her prices. For her 10 milligram pills, her prices rose $3, to $5 each -- more than double what she pays for each pill from Walgreens. Though prices differ among states, a 10 milligram pill on average costs $1.50.

Despite her own low supply, Jennifer made about $300 during finals week alone.
"Everyone wants Adderall around Christmas because during finals you really need it," Jennifer said. "When everyone is trying to get it but can't, they look somewhere else. And, that is where I come in."

"The price increase was annoying," another student said, "but it wasn't going to stop me from buying it. If the price goes above $8, I would consider switching suppliers."
Another student said she bought extra in September, "to avoid the rush during finals. I'm always thinking ahead. I have a small supply for this semester in case the shortage lasts until May."

Jennifer's second-semester business slowed some -- partly, she said, because much of her customer base was taking easier classes after landing internships for the semester. Two months later, with midterms just around the corner and students still scrambling for pills, Jennifer expected to see another jump in demand. She also expects to sell more at finals when students have bombed midterms and are relying on an A to bump their grades to a B- or higher.

And, the shortage will still play into her hands: A few months into the new year, pharmacists say they cannot meet the demands for the growing number of prescriptions.

"I'm keeping my prices high because I am in college and could use the money and because no one likes a fluctuating market," she said. "There is still a demand, and I never know when I'll need my own Adderall and won't be able to get it."


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Lucy
Lucy

Ugh. I don't agree with people using Adderall and like stimulants as, essentially, academic performance-enhancement [and as a recreational drug] at all. There are people who actually need the drug to function properly and are unable to get access to it because of that kind of behavior. It must be nice to be able to focus whenever you just make the decision to. But not all of us can.

Nfowler
Nfowler

This girl deserves to go to jail!!! It's b/c of people like her that those of us who actually need the medication are unable to get it. As for those of you fools who think you are so special that you were able to get through college without medication; good for you; however I'm just throwing this out there: YOU ARE NOT AS SMART AS YOU THINK YOU ARE!!!!! Go do some dagblasted research on ADD, then and only then should you speak. ADD is a serious condition and should not be looked at lightly. And, college students should be tested for the drug and kicked out of school should they not have a prescription with one chance to stay on a probationary term so long as they give up their dealer.

Ahab
Ahab

This stuff has been prescribed to these students since they were seven ....this is just the norm.

Reda Cavender
Reda Cavender

In the first place these students (who are buying Jennifer's drugs) are showing how incredibly stupid they are.  So, in the second place, they're too stupid to pass a final exam, in the first place. The author of this article, if Sarah Kramer is an actual person, she should be reported to the police department for aiding and abeting this Jennifer person's drug crimes.  Seems like the first word the students at S.M.U. need to learn is illegal.

scottindallas
scottindallas

the drug war, and your knee jerk reaction is a bigger problem

sloppy jalopy
sloppy jalopy

Adderall doesn't do crap doodly squat for me. My attention deficit is due to the fact I just don't give a fudge.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

So in your case it's not a deficit, it's more like attention thrift.

sloppy jalopy
sloppy jalopy

Yes. The few remaining brain cells I have left need to be rationed conservatively. Can't waste them needlessly on............

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My parents generation took mind altering drugs to expand their mind at college.  My generation takes cognitive enhancing drugs to excel in school.  How sad, lol.

I took adderall in college and I graduated nearly a decade ago.  Where I went (a state school) it was $3/20mg pills.  My friend at SMU sold his for $10/20mg pill and graduated in 04.  Despite the shortage is supply higher now than then?  Seems like her prices are too low for the SMU crowd especially considering it's 8+ years later.

Anyways, it's a competitive world out there and jobs are in short supply.  If I can take something relatively harmless to help me get ahead of the next guy you can bet your ass I'm going to.  In this post MLB Steroids, Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, credit default swap etc. etc. etc. world is anyone surprised today's youth is willing to break the rules for an advantage???  It's the American Way. 

Steve
Steve

This drug feels exactly like cocaine, down to the sinus numbness.   Cocaine will certainly make you THINK you're focused.

IMHO, this drug is of zero value and its use amounts to 100% mis-use/abuse. 

Then again, I don't believe that ADD is a valid Disorder.    I much prefer South Park's handling of it.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

But does she know anything about Craig James and dead hookers?

Dsa
Dsa

This story seems out of place on this blog. It seems more appropriate for a campus daily.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Ha ha ha lets all enjoy a good laugh along with Sarah Kramer that wacky prankster who has chosen to be Steven Glass today .Fake Name Fake Hall ( Okay real hall just might not be the right one )http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...This story gets a big thumbs up because you really had me going .Ha Ha Ha !

Is it April 1st or what ?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

It's funny, I thought of this same thing when I was reading the article. Like, is there really a Jennifer that was interviewed for this? This article could be totally true, I'm wondering with what has happened at TCU why a student would come out and say what they're doing or admit to it.

ADDTabz Adderall Alternative
ADDTabz Adderall Alternative

She can't come out and admit to doing it using her real name because 1) selling prescription drugs in the manner she is doing it is illegal, and 2) if her parents found out she'd lose her windfall of funding from them.  Believe me, this happens at campuses across the nation.  She's VERY smart to use an alias for this interview.  She'd be even smarter to switch to something legal that works just as well, if not more effectively, for mental performance in people who truly do not have ADD/ADHD.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

 This story is like poking the Bear oops Pony in the nose .I would think that the hilltop folks might still  be a little sensitive to On campus dealing .Even thoough this other event happened of their property Remember Her ? http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...

While there may be no Jennifer there is a very real  Sarah Kramer.I know we can go down a Protected source rabbit hole about saying who this person was but really a story about dealing on a collage campus isn't exactly where I would want my name to one a short list if the PONY Police wanted to ask some friendly questions .Police don't have to be involved if they aren't aware of it .

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Well my first post was going to point out that Yes many less than legal transactions might be made on the Hill Top, As long as no one talks about them on the web the matter stays below the radar and people can  go about their cottage business unnoticed?And I was going to add this as a joking warning about how to handle what our writer knows and not spreading it around .http://humour.200ok.com.au/ima...NSFW "F" BOMB But then I realized What educated person in their right mind would write an article on something like this ! 

Au natural
Au natural

I got through college making straight A's and landed a great job without the help of stimulants or as I called it when I was in school "education steroids." Worked my butt off through college waiting tables, and barely even drank coffee. I relied on my drive and power of the mind to make it through.  What is wrong with my peers?  I know some people really need help but honestly, majority of them want an easy way to just buckle down. Lack of a healthy diet and exercise makes your mind weak... That's just my two-cents!  This girl is only adding to the problem. She may have an "entrepreneurial spirit" but it's the wrong business to be proud of.

Fatazz
Fatazz

Damn, you are amazing.  Have you thought about writing a book on your achievement, the title being: "Just my two cents!"? 

Waited tables and barely even drank coffee... wow.

Guest
Guest

Get over yourself.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I guess the bigger question here is, why aren't these kids faking ADD to get their own prescriptions?

Sparky
Sparky

It's this lack of problem-solving thinking that's ruining America.  

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Maybe I'm just old but weed,booze and ludes always did it for me.

Of course I was in Liberal Arts... 

No Doze
No Doze

How these effers gonna learn anything material without their stimulants? I dunno, maybe get some exercise, eat right, clear the brain in a beneficial manner?The only problem with that is that the required coverage under ObamaCare doesn't cover personal responsibility and character.

Fatazz
Fatazz

"I dunno, maybe get some exercise, eat right, clear the brain in a beneficial manner?"

Fattest people in the world are conservative Republicans.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Does any coverage cover responsibility and character? 

No Doze
No Doze

Does any coverage not encourage irresponsibility and overindulgence in intoxicants?

Rangers100
Rangers100

You're missing the point: Barack Obama is ruining everything!!!

Or something like that.

Anthony1660
Anthony1660

Your comment is completely the voice of an ignorant and idiotic individual.  Perhaps you should take some Adderall to help you release any cells of intelligence you may have been born with! 

Tim Covington
Tim Covington

This article has me conflicted. I got through college without resorting to drugs, and I was working while going to college. But, I understand others needing "help."The girl is breaking the law. But, I applaud her entrepreneurial spirit and don't really agree with Adderall being prescription only.

Guest1234
Guest1234

Applaud her entrepreneurial spirit? If she were selling meth or crack, would you still applaud that spirit?  Mommy and Daddy are still sending her an allowance but she repays their generosity by dealing drugs? 

Fatazz
Fatazz

"Applaud her entrepreneurial spirit? If she were selling meth or crack, would you still applaud that spirit?" 

Minithins is OTC and can be bought at any 7-11 store next to the hard liquor, lollipops, and pork grinds.  You self-righteous piece of manure!!!!

"Mommy and Daddy are still sending her an allowance but she repays their generosity by dealing drugs?"

She could make an honest living stripping, getting people drunk or working at McDonalds.  ONCE AGAIN You self-righteous piece of manure!!!!

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