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    Oxycodone is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid/opiate that is frequently abused.

    The average cost of oxycodone on the street is about $20 per pill. However, stronger formulations and brand-name pills like OxyContin and Percocet likely cost more than generics or low-strength formulations.

    Prescription Cost Of Oxycodone

    In the United States the cost of oxycodone at a pharmacy using a prescription can vary, but is generally around:

    • $20-25 for 90 5mg immediate-release oxycodone tablets
    • $160-180 for 90 5mg tablets of brand-name Roxicodone
    • $75-150 for 90 10mg tablets of extended-release oxycodone
    • $445-500 for 90 10mg tablets of brand-name OxyContin

    Street Value Of Oxycodone

    The price of any prescription drug on the street can vary dramatically from case to case and is influenced by brand names, the strength of the medication, local law enforcement activity, and supply and demand.

    In the case of oxycodone, a recent Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report lists the street price as $20-30 per single pill (generic) with higher and lower prices elsewhere in the nation.

    Street Value Of Fake Oxycodone

    According to the DEA, international drug traffickers have been increasingly active in producing counterfeit oxycodone pills using the highly potent opioid drug fentanyl. 

    These pills closely resemble authentic oxycodone and take advantage of existing demand for prescription opioid meds.

    These fake oxycodone products, sometimes referred to as Mexican oxys or M30s, sell for similar or often much lower prices when compared to authentic oxycodone medications, but often still increase a dealer’s profit relative to selling fentanyl in powder form.

    Street Value Of Other Prescription Medications

    Street prices for other prescription opioids, stimulants, and benzodiazepines that are frequently diverted to the black market range in cost. This is likely due to the strengths of these different medications, with stronger or brand-name formulations commanding high prices.

    Opioids

    Prescription opioid painkillers, often prescribed to treat chronic pain before they are diverted, may be sold on street markets for:

    • Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen): $6-25 per pill
    • Dilaudid (hydromorphone): $5-150 per pill
    • Ultram (tramadol): $1-5 per pill
    • Duragesic (fentanyl): $40 per patch
    • Suboxone (buprenorphine): $5-100 per pill
    • morphine: $5-50 per gram

    Stimulants

    Prescription medications including Adderall (amphetamines) and Ritalin/Concerta (methylphenidate) are used to treat ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy, and usually sell for $5-15 a pill.

    Benzodiazepines

    Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and other benzos are prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia, though they can be abused to cause a relaxed intoxication. Street prices are usually $2-10 per pill.

    Dangers Of Misusing Oxycodone

    When prescribing oxycodone, healthcare providers are careful to dose the medication correctly and provide their patients with clear instructions to help avoid side effects, harmful drug interactions, drug overdose, and addiction. 

    But when oxycodone is abused outside of the medical system as an illicit drug, people put themselves at a high risk of experiencing these same unwanted and dangerous effects.

    Side-Effects

    Oxycodone may cause nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness that can make it dangerous to drive or use machinery.

    Drug Interactions

    Oxycodone should not be taken with other drugs of abuse, especially other CNS depressants like alcohol, benzodiazepines, and sleeping pills. Harmful effects and lethal overdose may occur.

    Drug Overdose

    In high doses, oxycodone can suppress a person’s breathing and critical life functions, resulting in brain damage and death without prompt medical treatment and/or administration of Narcan (naloxone).

    Dependence & Addiction

    Oxycodone can be habit-forming, both physically and psychologically. Severe withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and behavioral changes are all likely to occur if the drug is abused long-term.

    Ark Behavioral Health offers inpatient and outpatient treatment services for opioid addiction and other substance use disorders, including medical detox, behavioral therapy, support groups, medication-assisted treatment, and more.

    For more information, please contact us today.

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

    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Oxycodone
    National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Oxycodone
    streetRx - USA Latest Street Prices For Prescription Drugs

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on October 20, 2022
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