Adderall is a prescription drug that contains two stimulants: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a sleep disorder called narcolepsy. Common side effects include dry mouth, headache, and loss of appetite.
The United States Drug Enforcement (DEA) classifies Adderall as a Schedule II controlled substance. That means it poses a high risk of abuse and addiction. Prescription drug abuse occurs when you use a drug without following the instructions of your prescribing physician.
People abuse Adderall to increase energy, boost mood, or lose weight. When they can’t get a prescription for it, they turn to the black market, where the drug has various prices and names.
Adderall Street Value
The average street price of Adderall ranges from $3 to $15 per pill. The exact price depends on numerous factors, particularly dosage, location, and authenticity.
Adderall comes in various dosages ranging from 5mg to 30mg. In general, the higher the dosage, the higher the price.
Adderall tends to be cheaper in areas with a high supply of the drug and more expensive in areas with a low supply of the drug. Often, cities have a higher supply while rural areas have a lower supply.
To decrease production costs, some drug dealers sell fake Adderall. They use a device called a pill press to compress another substance (or substances) into the shape of an Adderall pill.
Fake Adderall usually costs less than real Adderall. It often contains dangerous substances, such as:
- methamphetamine (meth), an illicit drug that poses serious health risks including heart attack and permanent brain damage
- hydromorphone (brand name Dilaudid), a prescription opioid (opiate) painkiller that’s two to eight times more powerful than morphine
- fentanyl, a prescription opioid painkiller that’s about 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and responsible for numerous overdose deaths
Adderall Street Prices Vs. Prescription Prices
As with most prescription drugs, prescription Adderall costs much less than Adderall bought on the street. For example, depending on your location and insurance, a prescription for 30 20mg Adderall tablets can cost about $15. On the street, you could pay the same price for a single pill.
Adderall Street Names
People who illegally buy and sell Adderall use street names to avoid detection by law enforcement. Common street names for Adderall include:
- Christmas Trees
- Lid Poppers
- Smart Pills
- Smarties, which can also refer to methylphenidate (brand names Ritalin, Concerta, and Daytrana) and MDMA (also called ecstasy or molly)
- Study Buddies, which can also refer to methylphenidate
- Study Skittles
- Truck Drivers, which can also refer to methylphenidate
Some people also refer to Adderall using general street names for amphetamine. These include:
- Beans, which can also refer to MDMA and the opioid Oxycodone (brand name OxyContin)
- Benzos, which can also refer to benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium)
- Black and Whites
- Black Beauties
- Black Birds
- Blue Boys
- Bombita, which can also refer to heroin mixed with cocaine
- Brain Ticklers
- Chalk, which can also refer to methamphetamine
- Chicken Powder, which can also refer to methamphetamine
- Diet Pills
- Double Cross Drivers
- Dulces, which can also refer to cocaine
- Flour, which can also refer to cocaine
- Footballs, which can also refer to Xanax
- French Blues
- Geeked Up
- Goofballs, which also refer to heroin mixed with methamphetamine
- Greenies, which can also refer to Percocet, a combination of acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) and oxycodone
- Head Drugs
- Jelly Beans, which can also refer to crack cocaine
- LA Turnaround
- Morning Shot
- Nuggets, which can also refer to crack cocaine
- Oranges, which can also refer to Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone
- Pep Pills
- Pingas, which can also refer to cocaine
- Purple Hearts, which can also refer to LSD
- Speed, which can also refer to methamphetamine
- Sweets, which can also refer to MDMA
- Uppers, which can also refer to methamphetamine
- Wake Ups
- West Coast Turnarounds
- Wheels, which can also refer to Percocet
- Whiffle Dust
- White Crosses, which can also refer to cocaine
- Whites, which can also refer to oxycodone
If you or someone you love struggles with Adderall abuse or another form of substance abuse, please contact an Ark Behavioral Health specialist.
Our inpatient and outpatient treatment services include mental health counseling, support groups, medical detox to manage withdrawal symptoms, and more.