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  • Opioid analgesics are prescription drugs that can treat temporary and chronic pain. They come in a variety of types and formulations.  

    According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), opioids have high abuse potential. That’s because they can produce feelings of euphoria (intense joy). 

    Opioid abuse can lead to opioid addiction, also known as substance use disorder. Thus, most prescribers use them for short-term treatment. 

    While some people only abuse prescription opioids they receive from their health care providers, other abusers use opioids sold on the black market. 

    As with all illicit drugs, each type of opioid painkiller has a unique street value based on its desirability. 

    Codeine Street Value

    Codeine is an opiate (a naturally occurring opioid). It’s prescribed in tablet form in strengths of 15 mg, 30 mg, and 60 mg. 

    It’s also an ingredient in numerous cough syrups. Some drug users mix codeine cough syrup with soda; this mixture is often called “purple drank,” “sizzurp,” or “lean.”

    • street price for codeine tablets: $1 to $10 per tablet, depending on strength
    • street price for codeine cough syrup: $250 to $600 per pint

    Carfentanil Street Value

    Carfentanil is an analogue of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. It’s extremely potent and not intended for human use; instead, veterinarians use it to sedate large animals such as elephants and moose. 

    • street price for carfentanil: $250 per milligram 

    Hydrocodone Street Value

    Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid prescribed in tablet form under brand names like Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab. It usually comes in strengths of 5 mg, 7.5 mg, and 10 mg.

    • street price for hydrocodone: $3 to $20 per tablet, depending on strength

    Hydromorphone Street Value

    Hydromorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid. It’s usually prescribed in tablet form under the brand name Dilaudid, which comes in strengths of 2 mg, 4 mg, and 8 mg.

    • street price for hydromorphone: $5 to $100 per tablet, depending on strength

    Fentanyl Street Value

    Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that comes in various forms, including patches, lozenges, tablets, and powder. 

    • street price for fentanyl: $25 to $40 per patch, lozenge, or tablet
    • street price for powdered fentanyl: $150 to $200 per gram

    Methadone Street Value

    Methadone is a synthetic opioid that’s available as a tablet or liquid solution. 

    It’s sometimes used to help opioid drug users recover from substance abuse and addiction. However, it can be addictive when not used as prescribed.

    • street price for methadone: $2 to $80, depending on formulation and strength

    Morphine Street Value

    Morphine is an opiate that’s available as a tablet or liquid solution. 

    • street price for morphine: $10 to $80, depending on formulation and strength

    Oxycodone Street Value

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid that’s available as a tablet or liquid solution. It’s often prescribed under the brand names Oxycontin and Percocet. 

    • street price for oxycodone: $3 to $80, depending on formulation and strength

    Oxymorphone Street Value

    Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid prescribed under the brand name Opana. Available as a tablet, it comes in strengths ranging from 5 mg to 40 mg.

    • street price for oxymorphone: $10 to $80 per tablet depending on strength 

    Suboxone Street Value

    Suboxone is a combination of two substances: an opioid partial agonist called buprenorphine and an opioid antagonist called naloxone, which can be used to reverse an opioid overdose

    Like methadone, Suboxone can be used to treat opioid use disorder.  

    • street price for Suboxone: $10 to $80 per tablet depending on strength

    If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid use, please reach out to an Ark Behavioral Health specialist to learn more about opioid addiction treatment programs.


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

    DEA Diversion Control Division - Hydromorphone
    DEA Diversion Control Division - Pharmaceutical Trends
    United Nations - Price and Purity
    U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration - Drug Scheduling

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on January 13, 2023
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