The Empty Adderall Factory

February 19, 2024

Ascent’s drug vault has concrete walls ten inches thick and is guarded 24 hours a day. In Ascent’s case, that includes amphetamine (an active ingredient in Adderall), methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta), and lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse). Before its dispute with the DEA, Ascent got about 70 percent of its revenue from controlled substances. Across the country, people unable to fill their prescriptions for Adderall and similar stimulants have been driven to extremes. They received responses similar to those the company gave the stressed-out callers looking for pills: Ascent didn’t have any information.