Adderall is a prescription stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (spontaneous sleep). In the United States, it’s classified as a schedule II controlled substance because it has high abuse and addiction potential.
While it’s relatively easy to get an Adderall prescription by faking symptoms of ADHD, a regular prescription won’t be enough to satisfy your cravings if you have an Adderall addiction.
Some people visit multiple doctors to get more than one Adderall prescription, but that can raise red flags at the pharmacy. Prescription drug monitoring programs are in place around the country to prevent “doctor shopping” and drug abuse.
The Street Price Of Adderall
The street price of Adderall is about 50 cents to $1.00 per milligram (mg). A 20 mg pill is usually $5 to $15, while a 30 mg pill may cost anywhere from $10 to $30. Most often, 30 mg is between $15 and $20.
Several factors can affect how much Adderall costs on the street.
Drug prices can change depending on where you’re located. Places with a large supply of Adderall on the street tend to have lower prices due to competition and availability. Places without much Adderall available will charge more because the demand is higher than the supply.
Cities usually have more drugs available, while Adderall can be harder to find in rural areas. So Adderall is often cheaper in cities and more expensive in the country.
There are some exceptions to the rule. Wealthy areas may have more expensive Adderall regardless of location simply because the residents can afford to pay more. And Adderall can fetch a high price among college students where the demand is high.
Adderall is a mix of amphetamine salts (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine). Brand name Adderall should cost more than the generic version. But if you’re getting something on the street that’s labeled as Adderall but seems too cheap, it probably isn’t the real thing.
Drug dealers don’t just sell drugs that have been diverted from pharmacies. Some use pill presses to make drugs. A pill press allows someone to combine Adderall or generic amphetamine salts with fillers to stretch their supply.
Adderall fillers—or cutting agents—can range from laundry soap to talcum powder to baby laxatives. Street Adderall may contain other drugs, too, like methamphetamine (a highly addictive stimulant) or fentanyl (a deadly potent opioid).
Buying a single Adderall pill can be pretty expensive. Some dealers may charge less per pill if you buy in bulk. It’s an easy sale and more guaranteed money for them. Plus, reducing the price for bulk orders makes the buyer more likely to purchase more (and give the dealer more money).
Adderall comes in an immediate-release (IR) and an extended-release (XR) version.
People who buy Adderall on the street aren’t taking it for ADHD. They want to feel its effects quickly and intensely. Since the XR tablet is formulated to be slowly released into the body over several hours, it tends to be less desirable for drug abuse and therefore costs less.
Adderall Street Value Vs. Prescription Cost
Without insurance, Adderall may cost $8 or $9 per pill at a pharmacy. Many people get 30 pills at a time, which would be $240 to $270. But getting Adderall legitimately gives you many options to lower the cost.
Prescription medication coverage through health insurance often allows you to pay a drastically reduced rate or just a small copay. Medicaid programs may completely cover the cost of Adderall.
If you get the generic version of Adderall instead, the price is much lower. Paired with a discount program like GoodRx, you can get 30 tablets (20 mg) for as little as $15. That’s a lot less than the $5 to $15 per pill ($150 to $450 for 30 tablets) that you’d pay on the street.
It’s also less than what online pharmacies charge, though some claim to have the lowest rates available. Many online pharmacies are unlicensed and part of the black market.
Adderall Abuse & Addiction
If you or a loved one are considering buying Adderall on the street, don’t. Adderall is an addictive drug that should only be used as recommended by a doctor.
Prescription drug abuse can lead to abuse of more dangerous illicit drugs, and it can also develop into a life-altering addiction. Drug addiction increases the risk of side effects, overdose, and hospitalization.
If you’re addicted to Adderall and abruptly stop taking it, you’ll have psychological withdrawal symptoms that may drive you back to substance abuse before you’re able to detox.
But there is hope. Addiction treatment programs are available to help you break free from Adderall abuse and addiction. At Northeast Addictions Treatment Center, we offer personalized care that focuses on healing your physical and mental health.
Speak with one of our specialists today to learn more.
Northeast Addition Editorial Team
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