I am so, so lucky. I just got my generic Adderall prescription filled at probably one of the last three outlets in California to have any (just guessing on that, but probably not too far off base).
I got mine Sunday night in Baldwin Park, California -- but nearly died on the freeway on the way (almost picked off by a truck near the 710).
Freeway driving terrifies me and this was a harrowing trip in my tiny 2004 Honda Insight hybrid.
Worry about running out had me bolting awake at night and ate a good bit of my writing time (being upset, calling pharmacies, emailing my doctor, calling pharmacies, emailing my doctor, trying to get to the bottom of this with a little reporting...though less than I wanted, since my priority had to be getting my prescription filled and making up for lost writing time).
I had called Canada and had also looked into going on one of the buses of old ladies that goes to Mexico to get prescriptions. Generous friends and blog commenters called pharmacies for me -- and thank you for that.
(And no, you can't ship Schedule 2 narcotic prescriptions over state lines -- or the Canadian border, and yes, I did figure out that it would be more convenient to fax a prescription to the Kaiser in Sacramento, but the DEA doesn't allow that with Schedule 2 narcotics. You have to show your little ass up there with the prescription in triplicate).
On Sunday afternoon, immediately post radio show (with the AMAZING Dr. Helen), I made an annotatable PDF of all the Kaiser 24-hour pharmacies within a six-hour drive, and got on the phone and began calling those in the areas I perceived to be "untrendiest."
On the bright side, it would have taken me two or more harrowing hours each way to get to and from Baldwin Park on the average weekday afternoon at the time I left. Thanks to the holiday, it took me only that (harrowing) hour or so each way.
I suggest that anybody else who needs Adderall or the generic call pharmacies in the least "cool" areas, and maybe you'll get some, too. Hope so.
Oh, and from news reports, what I've pieced together from drug policy people, and reporters I've spoken to, this shortage occurred because the government -- scuse me, the NANNY STATE's Drug Enforcement Administration -- held off delivering amphetamine until December to the companies making the drug, and it takes them three months from the time they get it to produce it.
Yes, better that we should stop a college student who uses it without a prescription to get an A instead of a B (terrible, huh?!) than to allow people like me, with legit prescriptions to ameliorate the apparent dopamine issues cause by ADHD, to have the drug they need to turn their work from torture into sometimes hard work that they love.
P.S. I like Big, Meddling Government even less than I did last week and all the weeks that preceded it. That didn't seem possible.