Shortage of attention deficit medications blamed on DEA

Adderall is one of the brand name drugs used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.  For those whose suffer from the condition, Adderall is hard to come by.

Seventy-one year old Michael Garza was diagnosed with ADHD 10 years ago. He now runs a support group for adults and children with the condition. He says children are the most vulnerable with a shortage of medication.

"Going to school and being able to concentrate and stay focused on what they're doing is a problem", Garza said.

The shortage is being blamed on Drug Enforcement Agency limiting how much of the medications drug companies can produce.

According to a report it The New York Times, college students are abusing the drugs to get high or stay awake.

So the DEA has set quotas to control the supplies. The Food and Drug Administration which oversees drug safety is fielding complaints but says the problem lies with the DEA.

Physician Dr. Mitchell Brooks says this is a case of too much oversight by the feds.

"Why are you punishing people who obey the law and need to take medication by creating a shortage in the medication so the people who are using it illegally can't get it.  We need to change that way of thinking", Brooks said.

"I'm not saying the drugs shouldn't be controlled. They should be. But they shouldn't be controlled at the expense of the people who need them", Brooks said.

Dr. Brooks called a pharmacy and found a three month wait in North Texas. That's the same thing patients are learning.

"You call around, it's endemic. It happens. It's like they're waiting on their supply", Garza said.

Brooks says the FDA and DEA should fix the problem instead of pointing the finger.

"There needs to be accountability in each of these agencies and there is no accountability in the federal government and we know that", Brooks said.

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