April 18, 2011
This is an interview that was anonymously submitted to our site that documents one college student’s extremely fruitful career as a college street pharmacist. He speaks candidly and expresses his conflicting feelings on the medication in a very cogent manner. The following is an written account of the interview. Below is the article as it was when submitted to The Campus Companion.
Do you feel bad about selling people Adderall, or at least enabling their illegal use of the drug without a prescription?
Depends on who I’m selling it to. Additionally, I make sure not to sell to anyone I haven’t counseled on the effects of the drug. I especially don’t sell to people that are on other medications I’m not familiar with. I take cautionary steps to ensure that the drug won’t have any adverse D2D interactions.
I absolutely don’t sell to anyone under the age of 18, I don’t sell to people more than twice a semester, and I cut people off if they indicate in any way that they don’t have control over themselves. I like to think I regulate the drug more thoroughly than the doctors in this country actually do, but that’s probably pushing it.
I make A LOT. However, the total amount varies by semester, when I’m selling it, and how much access I have to supply.
I charge $5 a pill when demand is steady and predictable, and when demand spikes during finals and midterms I sell the drug at an increased price in order to drive down demand (thank you economics).
Typically I will make $2000 – $5000 a semester. I get my Adderall from about 13-17 different individuals. Each of them supplies anywhere from 30-90 pills of varying strengths and release mechanisms. I have everything from 5 mg immediate release to 30 mg extended release, and many more. I also have generic amphetamine salts, Vyvanse, Ritalin, Concerta, and other study drugs available. It all depends on when my sources get their prescriptions and what they are willing to sell to me.
for those that are doing the math. If I continue to sell Adderall throughout my college experience that is anywhere from $16,000 to $40,000 in sales.
Where do you get your Adderall?
Well, I don’t have a prescription myself. I told the doctor I didn’t like it, and I wanted to stop taking it. The sad thing is that it was mostly true. Yeah it helps me do my work, but not in the way it claims. It simply speeds me up so I can get it done fast. Then I crash and I’m useless for 6 hours. I’d just bump if that were what I were shooting for. People always say, “Well doesn’t that mean that you shouldn’t have a prescription if that’s the way it impacts you?”, and I always reply “If that’s the case probably about 3 /4 of the people that are on Adderall shouldn’t be taking it.
Anyways, maintaining focus, to answer your question I get my enormous stash of Adderall from the overly prescribed masses that don’t take it. I pay them for the insurance subsidized Adderall prescriptions (so they make some extra money), and then I sell it to college students at varying prices over the course of the semester.
What are some of the ways you’ve seen Adderall being abused?
I’ve seen some crazy uses of Adderall. Everything from college students snorting the drug to far more creative and scary uses.
I really don’t know what to say about college students snorting the drug. I just think they look foolish when they blow their noses and everything is blue or orange.
The scariest way I’ve seen Adderall used was at a house party. Some students were crushing up their pills and putting them in a a huge vat of jungle juice. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I didn’t want any part of it so I left. If they were putting Adderall in the jungle juice I didn’t want to know what else was being put in it. Those are the type of people I avoid hanging out with and selling too. Oh, They were also nestling individual pills into the fruit snack gushers in the manner a human would put medication into snausages for dogs. Kind of humorous when you look at it like that? But, then you remember how many people could potentially be hospitalized for drinking too much, because the stimulant effect of the drug masks the depressant properties of the alcohol.
So aren’t you worried about getting caught with all of your extra cash?
“Ok, so I admit, the money I earn from selling my Adderall isn’t paying my rent, tuition, and power bills directly. Instead I use that money to buy things that don’t leave a paper trail. I spend it on all of the miscellaneous things I can buy with cash. Rent, Tuition, and Power bills leave a paper trail. Buying a bag of bread at the corner store with a $5 bill doesn’t leave any paper. “
What has been your most controversial sale?
I sold to a teacher once. An adjunct teacher, and after I was out of their class, but it was a teacher nonetheless. I also sell to a number of medical students that I know, who should probably know better, but are looking for a way to compete.
Don’t be mistaken. I’m not selling the drug to young children, I’m not selling the drug to the uninformed. I know that’s the point you are trying to get at, but the reality is that most of the people I sell to are adults encumbered and burdened by ever increasing competition, the expectation of success at a young age, and more.
Do you Sell other drugs, or is it just Adderall?
I don’t run around with a suitcase of drugs that would rival the likes of fear and loathing, but I do sell a variety of other study drugs. I don’t have any urge to sell other illegal drugs. I just want to pay off my student loan debt.
If I can sell Adderall to rich overly entitled students that are looking for an easy way to succeed academically, and in the process put myself through school debt free then i’m going to do it. Hard truth.
What’s your calling card?
I don’t have a calling card. If I did I wouldn’t tell you. I try to keep everything low key. I have heard of people selling them in used pez dispensers, hallowed out bic pens, and smarties wrappers. All creative uses, but very stupid.
Do you have any other thoughts on the Drug?
It’s cocaine / meth, or at least has many of the same neurological effects when it comes to dopamine and norepinephrine. I’m really interested to see the long term effects of the drug, and I definitely think that there will be some kind of litigation based on the adverse side effects of the drug when abused.
It’s efficacy in the long term is questionable
This drug is highly under regulated and overprescribed. I don’t want to put myself out of work because I’m in a ton of student loan debt, but I do think that people need to be more aware of the negative aspects of the drug. Buuut, in the end if it isn’t me that supplies them with it, it will just be some other dick that probably prices gauges the shit out of them.
This post originally appeared on http://thecamspuscompanion.com and was written by a staff writer.