Some pharmacists say "blame the government" while others say "blame the people taking the drug who really don't need it."
No matter who you want to point fingers at, the shortage is causing a headache for users.
Jonathon Hedger loves an afternoon of horsing around with his brothers. The 11-year old's energy level is extraordinary. Without Jonathon taking Adderall to control his ADHD, his energy level would be intolerable.
Jonathan takes two doses of Adderall daily to combat the disorder. A recent attempt to fill his prescription sent Jonathon's mom Kristina on a wild goose chase.
"You can’t get it here, there or anywhere else," said Glenn Jacobs, a pharmacist in Plymouth. For the last six months, Adderall supplies have been scarce.
"Right at the moment, there are three strengths of the Adderall we can't get," Jacobs said.
Jacobs said the government limits the amount of pills manufacturers can make. Because of the restriction, manufacturers aren't releasing enough pills to wholesalers. In turn, that impacts the amount of prescriptions he and other pharmacists can fill. "I can’t twitch my nose and put some into our inventory," Jacobs said.
Jonathon needs 10 milligram pills, but Kristina can only find 20 milligram pills, so she's forced to cut each pill in half, losing some medicine in the cutting process.
"It’s been kinda a pain in the rear because we have to remember what milligram he has in the bottle," she said.
An overdose could be dangerous ... an underdose wouldn't stop Jonathon’s ADHD symptoms.
Kristina said the shortage is a hassle and if the pharmacies completely run out of the drug, Jonathon's health is at risk.
"Once that (medicine) supply in their system is gone, the attention span is zilch," Kristina said.
So what if your pharmacy runs out of Adderall?
There are alternative drugs such as Ritalin and Vyvanse. Doctors say patients should make an appointment immediately for prescriptions for alternative drugs.
"Certainly there are stimulants and non-stimulants medications for ADHD problems, so I think if they were totally out and you can’t get the medicine, alternative therapies would be appropriate,” said Dr. David Amrhein from Memorial Health Group.
Pharmacists hope the shortage of Adderall is only temporary, but right now they say it's too early to tell.
There’s speculation this shortage is caused by too many people on the drug. Some say it's over prescribed, but our pharmacist couldn't confirm if this was the case.