Prescription drugs, including Oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, Prozac, Celexa, Ambien, etc., are in great demand on the black market. In fact, prescription drug trafficking is a billion-dollar industry as prescription drug use is the fastest-growing drug-related problem in our country, if not the world. The black market sells pain medications, hypnotics, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotics and anti-depressant drugs.
Do you remember when marijuana was considered the gateway drug? Sadly, prescription drugs are now considered the gateway drug leading to addiction to cocaine, heroin and other illegal hard-core drugs.
The following are examples of the going rate for prescription drugs on the black market. These figures are estimates as the pricing steadily increases as the demand increases.
Opiates: (street pricing per pill vs. retail price when sold legally)
Oxycodone: $80.00 ($6.00 retail)
Vicodin: $35.00 ($1.50 retail)
Hydrocodone: $40.00 ($5.00 retail)
Percocet: $20.00 ($7.00 retail)
OxyContin: $90.00 ($8.00 retail)
Antidepressants: (street price for 30 doses vs. street price per pill)
Remeron (Mirtazapine): $43.00 ($5.00)
Celexa (Citalopram): $30.00 (Varies)
Prozac (Fluoxetine): $25.00 (varies)
Antipsychotics: (street price for 30 doses vs. street price per pill)
Zyprexa (Olanzapine): $100.00 ($10.00)
Seroquel (Quetiapine): $50.00 ($8.00)
Anti-anxiety: (street price for 30 doses vs. street price per pill)
Klonopin (Clonazepam): $80.00 ($11.00)
Valium (Diazepam): $60.00 ($6.00)
Xanax (Alprazolam): $22.00 (varies)
Hypnotics: (street price for 30 doses vs. street price per pill)
Ambien (Zolpidem): $30.00 ($6.00)
Prescription drug dealers push to sell individual pills as the profit margin is astronomically higher than the 30 dose option. Either way, there are over 8 million Americans that use and abuse prescription drugs so it is likely that the demand will remain quite high.