Prescription drugs are the most widely used substance in the United States and one of the most abused. Prescription drug abuse has led to increased demand on the street, with users often purchasing fake versions of market drugs that may contain harmful substances.
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Street price of prescription drugs
While most people carry out their prescriptions in the recommended dosage, a growing amount of people either abuse the drugs they are on or become addicted to them through increased tolerance and dependence.
This has led to many people seeking out prescription drugs on the street, as their average amount is no longer enough or their prescription finishes. With this increased demand, dealers have become able to charge more for prescription drugs that have been obtained illegally, or worse creating counterfeit versions that contain harmful substances.
Others may resort to buying prescription drugs on the street if they can’t afford them legally. This may be due to losing their health care or their insurance provider removing the drug from their cover list.
How much prescription drugs cost on the street depends on several factors, most notably what type of drug is being purchased. The main types of prescription drugs purchased illegally are opioids, benzos, amphetamines, and antidepressants.
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Street price of prescription opioids
Opioids are some of the most widely abused prescription drugs, owing to their euphoric effects and high dependence rate. This makes them also one of the most commonly purchased black-market drugs.
The average price for opioids on the street:
Fentanyl street price: around $99 per gram
Hydrocodone (Vicodin) street price: $6-8 per pill
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) street price: ranges between $2 to $150 per pill
Morphine street price: approximately $5 to $50 per gram
Meperidine (Demerol) street price: $2.50 to $6 per dose
Oxycodone (Oxycontin) street price: between $12-80 per pill
Tramadol street price: $1 for a 50mg pill to $5 for a 100mg pill
Street price of prescription benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines or “benzos” are also widely abused, with many who start taking the drugs to control anxiety symptoms soon becoming dependent on them. Benzos are also widely abused for their sedative effects, meaning even those who don’t need them take them recreationally.
Common prices for benzos sold on the street:
Ativan (lorazepam) street cost: $1 per pill
Klonopin (clonazepam) street cost: $2 for a 1mg pill
Valium (diazepam) street cost: $2 to $7 per tablet
Xanax (alprazolam) street cost: $2 to $20 per pill
Read here to learn more about the cost of Xanax on the street, including fake Xanax.
Street cost of amphetamines
Amphetamines are stimulant drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sleep-related disorders. These drugs are widely abused as they cause increased energy, focus, ability to stay awake, and euphoria.
Street prices for prescription amphetamines:
Adderall (dextroamphetamine-amphetamine) street price:$3 to $15 per pill
Ritalin (methylphenidate) street price: $1 per tablet
Vyvanse street price: $3 to $30
Other popular prescription drugs sold on the street
Many other types of prescription drugs are purchased on the street and abused. Some of these, such as anticonvulsants like gabapentin, are used alongside other drugs in order to boost their effects.
Some of these prescription medications include:
Ambien street price: $2 to $20 per pill
Flexeril street price: $1 to $10 per pill
Gabapentin street price: $2 to $20 per tablet
Trazodone street price: typically below $20 per pill
Wellbutrin (bupropion) street price: $1 to $5 for a 100 mg pill
Zoloft (sertraline) street price: $1 or less per tablet
zopiclone (Imovane) street price: $1 per pill
What affects the street price of prescription drugs?
All substances purchased on the street have factors that affect their cost. These include availability, quality, local laws, location, and type of drug being purchased.
While these variables affect the price of prescription drugs as well, there are other factors that affect the price of these drugs. For instance, some prescription drugs that have been on the market may become banned or discontinued. This can make them harder to find and therefore more expensive to buy on the streets. A famous example of this is Quaaludes, a sedative drug that was incredibly potent and addictive. It was banned in 1985 and became a popular black market item, made famous by the film The Wolf of Wall Street.