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How to Spot Fake AD 30 Orange Pill

Recently, health officials issued warning that drug dealers are selling dangerous drugs that look like prescription medication. Law enforcement officials said the phony pills could pose a danger to young people who take prescription drugs that aren’t their own. “The biggest trend we’ve seen is methamphetamine being pressed into a pill form as Adderall,” said Richard Sawyer, chief deputy of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. “Adderall is a drug that is commonly used for attention deficit disorder.”

The Department of Justice also announced that it has arrested a Worcester man for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine disguised as counterfeit Adderall pills. Nestiano Kristo, 20, of Worcester, was charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Following an initial appearance before U.S. District Court Chief Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley, Kristo was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for June 30, 2021.

According to the charging document, over the course of two months, Kristo allegedly sold significant quantities of counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine, cocaine and suspected fentanyl to an undercover law enforcement officer. 

What is AD 30 pill?

The round orange pill with the imprint AD has been identified as Adderall 30 mg. It is supplied by Shire US Inc.. Adderall is a brand name for the combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. It’s a prescription drug used primarily to treat ADHD or narcolepsy (daytime sleepiness). The medication alters certain naturally-occurring chemicals in your brain by enhancing the effects of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine.

For ADHD, AD 30 pill is designed to improve hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and attention span. According to the Cleveland Clinic, stimulants like AD 30 pill improve symptoms of ADHD in 70 to 80 percent of children, and in 70 percent of adults. The positive effects can be even greater when it’s used along with behavioral therapy.

The fake pills labeled as AD 30, do not contain the same ingredients as real Adderall. Instead they contain mostly illicit compounds that can cause overdose.  

Makers of this drug sometimes experience supply issues leading to shortages which is often times exploited by fraudsters who make fake versions of this product and circulate. Makers of generic Adderall, sold as mixed amphetamine salts also have trouble making enough product to meet demand. The shortages often affect extended-release and immediate-release versions of the drugs.

How to spot fake AD 30 orange pill

In their latest report on fake online pharmacies that ply their trade in the United States, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) found more than 1,500 new websites that it considers “Not Recommended” and of these, 31% are offering illicit prescription drugs. Studies have shown that poor quality medicines represent a global threat to public health that can result in treatment ineffectiveness, drug resistance, increased morbidity and mortality rate, economic loss, and problems to the healthcare system.

As a consumer, you may not have access to most of the test equipment used by regulatory bodies to verify the identity of a drug product. The following tips will serve as a guide to purchasing genuine AD 30 orange pill and help you avoid fakes;

 Visual inspection

Visual inspection as stated by the World Health Organization (WHO) still remains the first step in identifying potential fake drugs irrespective of the analytical methods used. This is because such observation serves as a lead to identifying fake products even in the absence of the knowledge of the physical characteristics of a genuine drug product. You are expected to examine both the package and its content before purchasing or use carefully.

Visual inspection of the Package

You should:

  • Examine the package and check if it appears suspicious or different from what you previously know.
  • Check if the security seal has been tampered with by looking for breaks or tears in the sealing tape and seals.
  • Look for unusual fonts, font sizes, print color, and spelling errors.
  • Check the legibility of the information on both the primary and secondary packages.
  • Check if the batch number, expiry date and manufacturer’s address on the secondary package are the same as that on the primary package.
  • Check if the manufacturer’s address is traceable, that is, if it contains the exact location of the company and not just the country address.
  • Check if the registration number (FDA number as the case is for products marketed or sold in the United States) is properly printed or if it appears to be tampered with.

Visual inspection of the Dosage form

At this stage, you are meant to Check for differences in the physical appearance (color uniformity, size, shape, consistency, etc.) of the drug. As stated by WHO, commonly encountered physical defects that should be looked out for in tablets include:

  • Excessive powder and/or pieces of tablets at the bottom of the container (from abraded, crushed, or broken tablets).
  • Cracks or chips in the tablets, swelling, mottling, discoloration, fusion of tablets.
  • The appearance of crystal on the walls of the container or on the tablet.
  • Hardening or softening, cracking, swelling, mottling, or discoloration of the capsule shell should also be looked out for.


The source of the drug also determines if you are buying a fake AD 30 orange pill or not. Buying foreign Adderall exposes you to a lot of risks. Filling your prescription in a reputable pharmacy greatly reduces your chances of buying fake drugs while buying from illiterate and unqualified vendors who hawk drugs in buses, motor parks, and in the streets increases your chances of buying fake drugs.


This is another way of identifying fake AD 30 orange pills. If the price is far cheaper than what is expected, then you have to think twice. However, this may not always be true, especially for some products (fake innovator/generic brands) which may be sold at the same price as genuine ones.

Unexpected side effect

Counterfeit AD 30 orange pill most of the time contains substances other than the appropriate Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API). They may contain incorrect substances, improper dosage, or hazardous substances like methamphetamine which produce unusual side effects, worsening medical conditions after taking it. The medication should be stopped once any of the above is noticed.

According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, consumers who purchase medications online should avoid the following: sites that are located outside of the U.S. that do not indicate any physical address; sites that do not have a license by the relevant State Boards of Pharmacy; sites without a licensed pharmacist to answer questions; and websites that do not require a prescription.

Consumers who wish to purchase drugs over the Internet should look for websites that have the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites seal. These sites, which are created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, are licensed pharmacies selling FDA-approved medications to discourage the sale of counterfeit drugs from illegitimate online sources.

If you have purchased the counterfeit AD 30 orange pill, do not take it or give it to your child. Call the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations at 800-551-3989 or go to


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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