Prescription Drug Prices: Average Pharmacy & Street Prices

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According to a national survey, over 16 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2019.

This includes people with substance use disorders who have been inappropriately prescribed the drugs, as well as people who buy the medication by illegal means.

The price of prescription drugs on the street is determined by an array of factors including the formulation, type of drug, supply and demand of the substance, and the amount being sold.

Street Price Of Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs found on the street today are divided into categories based on the ingredients used to make them, the purpose for their original prescription, and the physical and psychological effects on the body when taking the drug.

Street Price Of Prescription Opioids

Opioids illicitly sold on the street are some of the most popular drugs on the black market today. These medications are typically prescribed as painkillers and are extremely addictive when misused.

Typical prices of opioids sold on the street:

Street Price Of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are also referred to by their slang term “benzos”. They are a class of depressants prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia.

Common prices for benzos sold on the street:

Street Cost Of Amphetamines

Amphetamines “uppers” are a common stimulant found on the street. These drugs are used to treat behavioral disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and more.

Street prices for prescription amphetamines:

Other Popular Prescription Drugs Sold On The Street

There are several other prescription drugs that are frequently bought on illicit street markets.

Some of these prescription medications include:

What Affects The Cost Of Prescription Drugs Sold On The Street?

While some people may buy prescription drugs on illegal markets in the United States because of the affordability, others do it for the euphoric or stimulating side effects of the substance.

Most prescription medications are sold in pill form, lozenges, or syrup-like liquid solutions. These are then measured into smaller “baggies” or bottles and sold on the street.

Factors that determine the value of prescription drugs on the street:

  • the demand of the drug and local price increases
  • the cost of acquiring the drug
  • the strength of the dosage
  • the location where it’s being sold
  • local law enforcement
  • public policy

When illegally sold on the street, prescription drug prices are typically not influenced by whether it’s a generic drug or brand-name drug formulary.

Treatment Services For Prescription Drug Addiction

If you or a loved one are misusing prescription medications and want to seek addiction recovery services, there are several treatment options available

Substance abuse recovery may include services such as:

Along with evidence-based treatment offerings, there are also specialty drugs and experimental vaccine therapies currently in development to assist with prescription drug abuse and addiction recovery.

Oftentimes, health care costs associated with addiction treatment can be covered through private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare health insurance.

Find A Quality Drug Rehab Program Today

Contact the Bedrock Recovery Center helpline today for more information on treatment for prescription drug addiction including detox, residential treatment, and methadone maintenance.

  1. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  3. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: February 16, 2022

© 2023 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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