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  • Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug made from the leaves of the Coca plant. 

    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies cocaine as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. That means that while it’s sometimes used for medical purposes (namely anesthesia), it’s otherwise illegal.

    Cocaine is among the most expensive illegal drugs sold on the street.

    Cocaine Street Prices

    The price of cocaine varies depending on numerous factors. The most important factors are location and purity.

    Location

    As stated above, cocaine comes from coca leaves. The Coca plant grows in South America, primarily Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru. 

    Due to shipping costs, the farther a buyer is from South America, the more drug traffickers will charge for cocaine. For example, one kilogram of cocaine costs about $1800 in Colombia and up to $34,500 in New York City. 

    Similarly, a gram of cocaine costs about $4 in Colombia, $80 in France, and $300 in Australia. 

    In addition, the price increases in rural areas and decreases in cities, especially cities near drug cartel distribution centers (also called HUBs).

    Purity 

    Cocaine often contains a variety of additives. The more additives a drug contains, the less pure it is. 

    Many drug dealers use additives to increase the weight of a drug so they can charge more than it’s worth. These dealers add substances that resemble powder cocaine, such as:

    • laundry detergent 
    • meat tenderizer
    • laxatives
    • Levamisole, a cattle dewormer that can cause fatal infections in humans

    Other dealers use psychoactive additives to enhance the buyer’s high. They often don’t tell the buyer they’ve added these substances, which may include:

    • caffeine
    • heroin
    • fentanyl, an opioid responsible for numerous overdose deaths 

    In general, pure cocaine has a higher street value than cocaine with additives. 

    How Much Is A Kilo Of Cocaine In The United States?

    A kilogram of cocaine can cost as little as $14,500 in San Diego, California, and as much as $45,000 in Anchorage, Alaska. 

    In Boston, Massachusetts, one kilo usually costs between $29,000 and $39,000. The same amount costs between $31,000 and $38,000 in Springfield and between $30,000 and $36,500 in Worcester. 

    Crack Cocaine Prices

    Cocaine comes in two main forms: powder and crack. People make crack cocaine by cooking powder cocaine with water and baking soda, which creates a solid. They then break the solid into small, smokeable rocks.

    When crack cocaine first emerged in the 1980s, it was typically cheaper than powder cocaine. Today, however, it costs about the same as powder cocaine. Still, wealthier people tend to favor powder cocaine, while poorer people use more crack cocaine. 

    The Cost Of Cocaine Addiction

    No matter where you live or what type of cocaine you use, cocaine addiction is expensive. People who suffer from severe addictions could spend up to $170,000 a year on the drug. They also face a high risk of health problems such as:

    Fortunately, recovery is possible at an addiction treatment center. 

    If you or someone you love struggles with cocaine addiction, please contact an ARK Behavioral Health specialist to learn about our comprehensive treatment options.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2022 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.
    Sources

    Narcotic News - Cocaine Prices
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - What are the long-term effects of cocaine use?
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - Cocaine Retail Prices
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - Cocaine: Wholesale, street prices and purity levels
    United States Drug Enforcement Administration - Drug Scheduling

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on June 17, 2022
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