How Much Do Drugs Cost?

Learn more about how much drugs cost and the best ways to keep your family safe. Here’s what you need to know!

Over the past decades, more than 700,000 people have died because of a drug overdose in the U.S. alone. More than two-thirds of these deaths resulted from an overdose on opioids like heroin and oxycodone. It’s believed that the substantial increase in drug-related deaths is caused by people having easy access to prescription opioid medications.

Because of the prevalence at which these medications are prescribed, more than 81 opioid medications were prescribed for every 100 people in 2012. Since opioid prescriptions are legal, their costs are relatively low, which invariably makes it easier for people to obtain and become addicted to the drugs in question. The following offers a detailed overview of the street prices and prescription costs for cocaine, heroin, Adderall, and other drugs.

How Much Does Cocaine Cost?

Cocaine is an illicit substance that can only be obtained as a recreational drug. This drug is surprisingly expensive even though its purity has decreased over the past 20 years. In that time, the street costs for a gram of cocaine have increased to anywhere from $25-$200 per gram. Back in 2016, the average price for a gram of cocaine was just over $90, making it among the more expensive stimulants on the market.

The reason for price increases over the past 20 years is that strict import regulations were put in place after 9/11. Because of these regulations, drug cartels were forced to identify other avenues of getting the drug into the U.S. As such, the drug cartels who distributed the cocaine took on additional risks and costs to import the drug.

To better understand the total costs of cocaine addiction, it’s essential to look at how much cocaine an average addict will use during the day. A single gram of cocaine is typically broken down into 9-10 lines, which amounts to 25 hits. Someone with a severe addiction to cocaine can use upwards of five grams of cocaine every day. At this rate, the annual costs for a cocaine addiction would be just under $170,000. On the other hand, most people who are addicted to cocaine take far less.

What Are the Crack Cocaine Costs?

Another common form of cocaine is crack cocaine, which is a crystallized version of the drug. Crack cocaine tends to cost less than the standard alternative because of its lower purity. However, this form of cocaine is considered to be even more addictive as a result of the more intense highs it produces. In 2016, the average cost of a gram of crack cocaine was $60, which resulted in an addiction costing upwards of $225 every day. A $225 per day addiction would lead to annual costs of more than $82,000.

How Much Does Heroin Cost?

Even though the price of heroin is relatively high, these prices have been dropping substantially over the last decade. The potency of the drug has risen at the same time. A small bag of heroin usually costs around $5-$20. In 2016, the average price for a gram of heroin was just over $150 per gram.

Keep in mind that a single gram of cocaine is typically separated into 20 bags. Individuals with a severe heroin addiction can take anywhere from 10-15 bags of heroin every day. Depending on the exact street price, the annual costs of maintaining a heroin addiction could be anywhere from $23,000 to $91,000.

Adderall Street Price

Adderall Street Price

Adderall is a stimulant that’s commonly prescribed for the treatment of ADHD. Like many other prescription medications, Adderall can be addictive when taken at a higher dose than prescribed. The street price for a single pill of Adderall is around $10. On the other hand, it’s possible to obtain 30 tablets of Adderall with a prescription at approximately $60. The street price of prescription medications is always higher than the price you would be tasked with paying if you obtained the drug via a prescription.

When looking at prescription opioids, a single pill of fentanyl costs around $9.40 per pill with a prescription. As for the street version of fentanyl, a single pill costs upwards of $40. Oxycodone is among the more common prescription opioid medications. Oxycodone only costs $.33 per pill. However, the street price for one oxycodone pill is $20. If someone took three pills of Adderall every day at a street price of $10, they would spend more than $10,000 every year to maintain their addiction. Even if they received a prescription for the drug, their costs would still be over $725.

Additional Drug Costs

Two additional drugs that you might want to be aware of include marijuana and meth, the former of which is starting to be legalized throughout many U.S. states. The price of marijuana per ounce depends on location, availability, and overall quality. For a high-quality ounce of marijuana, the average cost is around $250-$600 per ounce.

A single ounce of weed can yield around 42 joints or 28 blunts. If someone smokes around four joints every day, they could pay anywhere from $5,000-$14,000 every year. If the ounce of marijuana has a lower quality, prices could be anywhere from $135-$350 per ounce.

As for meth, this is an exceedingly powerful stimulant that can be four times more potent than cocaine. It’s challenging to manufacture meth, which is why costs are high. In today’s market, one hit of meth has a street price of $5 with a purity of nearly 100%.

Additional Drug Costs

A single gram of meth can cost anywhere from $3-$500. Keep in mind that a gram consists of around four hits. At an average price of $5 per hit, grams typically cost anywhere from $20-$60. People with a severe meth addiction can pay around $13,000-$38,000 per year to maintain their addiction.

Values of Seeking Treatment

Instead of paying thousands of dollars every year to maintain an addiction to prescription or recreational drugs, it’s highly recommended that you seek treatment, which is far more valuable. The cost of treatment depends on the type of program that you enter. The most expensive treatment involves inpatient treatment programs, which usually cost around $5,000-$15,000 for a 30-day program. However, the program results can be long-lasting and much cheaper compared to the costs associated with drug addiction.

Outpatient treatment is usually less expensive than the inpatient alternative. While most outpatient and inpatient treatment programs will cover the cost of detox, you could obtain detox separately at the cost of $1,000-$2,000. Keep in mind that the detoxification process is designed to help you get through the withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking a drug you’re addicted to.

No matter which treatment program you wish to enter, treatment is necessary to learn how to manage your addiction. Call us today to learn more about the addiction treatment programs you can enter.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Long Island Recovery Center