Average Cost Of Drugs Sold On The Street

Drug abuse comes at a high cost. Street prices for stimulants, cannabis, and other substances can range in price based on factors such as where they’re being sold, their measurements, and more.

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If your friend or other loved one has a substance use disorder, you may be wondering about the cost of drugs on the black market.

Unlike prescription drugs, street drugs are not regulated by the government, so their selling price will vary substantially.

The financial cost of drug addiction varies based on the type of substance, the amount of the drug, and the form that it’s in.

Cost Of Drugs By Drug Type

Americans spend billions every year on illegal drugs. Not all of these substances are the same, and their price will depend on factors such as location and availability.

Some of the most common drugs sold on the street are stimulants such as cocaine, opioids such as heroin, and “party drugs” i.e. hallucinogens.

There is also a multi-billion dollar market for prescription drugs being sold on the black market. These can include painkillers such as oxycodone (Percocet) and hydrocodone (Vicodin).

Cost Of Illicit Drugs

There are an array of illicit drugs currently sold on the street across the country. The value of the following substances depends on their type, formulation, and purity.

Cost Of Heroin

The cost of heroin varies based on the type of heroin being sold and many other factors. For example, heroin can be in a white or brown power form, or a tar-like substance called black tar heroin.

The street price of heroin is determined by the purity level and can range from $150 to $500 per gram. A single-use, small “baggie” of heroin typically costs between $5 and $20.

People with addictions to heroin can go through 10 or more single-use bags per day.

Cost Of Cocaine

Cocaine (“coke”) or crack cocaine is a stimulant whose purity has decreased over the past few decades while the price has increased dramatically.

The average cost of cocaine in its powder form can range between $60 to $100 per gram. A gram can then be broken into approximately 10 lines or 25 “bumps”.

Crack cocaine, or “crack”, is a crystallized, rock-like version of cocaine. Crack cocaine use usually costs less because it is not as pure and produces an intense but shorter-lasting high.

The cost of crack cocaine can range between $18 and $200 with an average price of $60 per gram.

Methamphetamine Prices

Methamphetamine, or “meth”, can be snorted in powder form or smoked in crystallized rock form, otherwise known as crystal meth.

Meth is a more powerful stimulant than cocaine and costs slightly less, with the average cost per gram at $20 to $40.

Street Cost Of Marijuana

Although cannabis is legal for limited recreational and medical use in many states, there are still areas of the United States where it’s illegally sold.

Marijuana, also known as “pot” or “weed”, is typically bought in the form of marijuana cigarettes (“joints”), “edibles” to be eaten, or ounce bags.

Currently, the average cost per ounce of cannabis is between $100 to $200, depending on the potency of the strain.

Cost Of PCP

The hallucinogen phencyclidine (PCP), also known as “angel dust”, is an illicit party drug commonly sold in liquid, powder, or tablet form.

Liquid-form PCP can cost up to $300 per ounce, whereas a gram of powder can cost $20 to $30. A tablet of PCP typically ranges from $5 to $15.

Street Cost Of Ketamine

Ketamine is an antidepressant and pain reliever that has become popular as a recreational drug. The price of Ketamine, or “Special K”, currently sits at around $25 per dose.

MDMA Prices

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as molly or ecstasy is a hallucinogenic drug that has gained notoriety from its common usage in parties and raves.

The street price of MDMA differs significantly due to supply and demand. The cost may range between $1 per tablet to $80 depending on the potency.

Cost Of LSD

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a powerful hallucinogenic that is typically ingested as a dissolvable “tab”. The street price of LSD is around $5 per tab.

Cost Of Prescription Drugs On The Street

Prescription drugs are also sold on the street particularly in areas where demand is high. Legal drugs are sold by dealers, people with unused prescriptions, and people who steal prescriptions from others.

Street Prices Of Prescription Opioids

Opiates are some of the most common prescription drugs sold on the black market, and they accounted for over 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2019.

Common cost of opioid medications when sold on the street illegally:

Street Cost Of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines, also known by their slang term “benzos”, are a class of drugs designed to treat insomnia, anxiety, and panic attacks.

The average street cost of benzodiazepines:

Cost Of Amphetamines On The Street

Amphetamines are usually prescribed to treat conditions such as ADHD or narcolepsy. They are a stimulant, commonly referred to as “uppers” on the street.

Amphetamines frequently sold illegally:

Street Prices Of Various Prescription Medications

Many prescription medications are sold illegally on the street, whether for the purpose of drug abuse or other reasons.

Some prescription medications commonly sold on the street and their prices include:

Many factors can affect the street cost of prescription medications. These can include the region where the drug is being sold, local demand and supply, and more.

How Is The Street Price Of Drugs Determined?

The street price of drugs, both prescription and illicit, is determined by a wide range of factors.

Factors that affect the street price of the drug market include:

  • strength and dosage
  • types of drugs
  • supply and demand
  • geographic location
  • importation
  • the process of acquiring the substance

Drug trade prices are constantly changing due to public health laws, law enforcement, and economic factors.

Find The Right Addiction Treatment Program For Substance Abuse

If you or someone you care about are addicted to prescription or illicit drugs, treatment programs are available throughout the United States.

Contact our helpline for more information on drug use detox options and treatment providers in your area.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Drug Overdose https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/deaths/index.html
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse — Misuse of Prescription Drugs Research Report https://nida.nih.gov/publications/research-reports/misuse-prescription-drugs/overview
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration — Data and Dissemination https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
  4. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) — World Drug Report 2021 https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/wdr2021.html

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: February 11, 2022

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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