I'm 15 years old, and I've been on Adderall since I was 6. My dad is my pediatrician and he is the one that prescribed it for me... I live in a small community, and due to the Adderall shortage at our local pharmacy, I have been OUT of my medication since mid-November.. I DESPERATELY need it back, because I can NOT function at all, and my ADHD symptoms are getting worse EVERYDAY!!! If someone out there could PLEASE help me, I would really appreciate it! The next pharmacy is about 2 hours away and I can't drive, and my parents are too busy to take the time to go and get it... I don't know what to do! Where could I possibly get it? And how? PLEASE HELP!!!
I'm confused. Does the pharmacy 2 hours away have it? So is the problem getting there and coming back? If that's the problem does your town have Taxi Cabs or a Bus? If not can you place an ad in a local newspaper asking for someone to drive you? Offer to pay for gas. With the cost of gas these days you can't expect even a close friend to drive you without paying for gas. Not unless it's a 5 minute ride. Maybe you can also ask some teachers in your school how you might get a ride.
I assume you take Adderall IR. Does your local pharmacy have Adderall XR in stock, or can they get it? Many adhd people have been using the XR pills and they seem to work just as well. What about Ritalin or the other adhd meds that are not exactly amphetamines but something similar. Are they available? What about the pill Dextroamphetamine? That's 1 of the 4 drugs in Adderall and I believe it is made as a single pill. It's hardly the same as Adderall and it will feel different. But it may help until you can find a way to get to the other drug store.
I keep telling people that we all better start getting involved in this before it hits the med we take. But you know how ppl are, if something doesn't effect them themselves they ignore it. We call this apathy. I remember some of my teachers discussing this when I was in school. That was a long time ago. Those teachers tried to make us aware of what a big problem apathy is in this country. All that happened was most people became apathetic about the apathy problem. (that wasn't meant to be funny)
Maybe you can offer to pay a friend's parents or a neighbor? I do think that since your Father is a doc he himself is being apathetic to you. He should know better than me, how difficult this is for you. I hope you find a solution soon.
First, since your parents are not hearing your plea for help, perhaps you can write a note to them (maybe just copy what you wrote on this site). If they still ignore your plea, can you ride a bicycle to your local emergency room? By law, they must help you. They will have to contact your parents since you are a minor, but this might get the attention you need now...
Finally, if that doesn't work, perhaps you can ask a neighbor and tell them you will repay them doing work in the yard, etc... There must be someone near you that knows you. You may have to give them another reason to take you to that town; however, if you can just get there, then you can repay them in kind.
I think this is a form of child abuse. You can find a lawyer and get legal advice. Ask them if they think you should call the police. Be sure and have your problem written on a piece of paper, so you can give it to either the lawyer or the police, so it's not a verbal conflict between what you say and what your parents may say. I pray you get the help you need. If not, please contact me, as I am a lawyer and would be glad to intervene. Please do whatever you can as soon as possible. You are a very smart 15 year old and I know you can do it!
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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