Earlier last week in Tennessee, a firefighter went to pick up a prescription for an anti-inflammatory medication for shoulder pain and was instead provided Adderall, a medication used to treat the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder. According to one local news report, the firefighter immediately noticed that his heart started racing and he was feeling light-headed.
After a few days, he could tell something was not right with the medication. He told reporters that “I started noticing I was real jittery and even throughout the day I was just a bit jittery. I started having hallucinations, shortness of breath and I just really wasn’t feeling myself.”
He ended up calling the Walgreen’s that filled the prescription at 4:00 a.m. to ask if something was wrong with the prescription. As it turns out, he had been given another patient’s medication and had been taking 30g of Adderall twice a day for several days. The firefighter was admitted into the emergency room twice in two days and was given medication to slow down his heart rate.