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Hydrocodone Prices On The Street: How Much Does It Cost?

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Hydrocodone is a powerful potentially habit-forming drug that is the most highly prescribed opioid analgesic in the United States. It is a treatment for severe pain. This medication needs to be monitored carefully by a healthcare professional because it can cause slowing or cessation of breathing, among other serious signs of hydrocodone use.
Some people take more of the medication or take it more often than prescribed or for a longer duration than recommended by the physician. This is called hydrocodone abuse. The dependence on this medication is both mental and physical. People who abuse this drug do so to achieve effects such as euphoria, lethargy, a sense of well-being, and reduced worry. Where do people get this drug and how much do they pay for it? What is the hydrocodone acetaminophen 5-325 price on the street?

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Where to Buy Hydrocodone?

White prescription pills spilled onto a table with many prescription bottles in the backgroundThere are two ways to obtain the medication – with a prescription at a pharmacy or illegally on the street from a dealer. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in 2011:

  • 8 percent received it from a family member or friend
  • 1 percent had a one-time prescription
  • 9 percent paid to a drug dealer from the street
  • 9 percent obtained prescriptions from multiple doctors

Abuse of this drug is common for two reasons – its highly addictive nature and the fact that it is easily available. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, more than 135 million prescriptions of this drug were dispensed in the United States in the year 2013, a steady increase from prior years.
Some pharmacies and websites illegally sell the medication and allow users to buy hydrocodone 10-325 online without prescription.

People who obtain the drug on the streets, as well as those who obtain it via prescriptions, can become addicted.

The biggest issue is when the addicts start to take hydrocodone with other drugs to potentiate it. It is challenging for addicts to end use of this drug on their own. What do addicts have to pay for this drug? What is the hydrocodone acetaminophen 5-325 price on the streets?

Hydrocodone Brand Names

Over 200 different medications contain hydrocodone. Some of the common brand names sold in the United States are:

Many of the opioid analgesics are a combination of the medication with acetaminophen. These are prescribed for moderate or moderate to severe pain. Although the acetaminophen component is not habit forming, overuse of this drug, i.e., taking larger doses or a longer duration of treatment than prescribed, can result in severe damage to the liver. When comparing hydrocodone and codeine, it is important to know that the former is much more potent. The drug is available in several forms such as tablets, capsules, liquids, elixirs, syrups, and solutions.

Hydrocodone addiction can occur from excessive ingestion of any form of the drug.

Who is Abusing Hydrocodone?

Teenage Boy Buying Drugs On The Street From DealerThere are an estimated 11,000,000 Americans who use pain relievers for non-medical purposes every year. Unfortunately, teenagers and high school students make up a significant percentage of these addicts. Although there is an encouraging downward trend in abuse, the numbers remain concerning. The yellow hydrocodone pill which consists of 10 mg hydrocodone and 325 mg acetaminophen is believed to be the most potentially addictive.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 1 percent of 8th graders, over 3 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 5 percent of 12th graders were using Vicodin in the year 2014. Vicodin is a hydrocodone-acetaminophen combination that is widely prescribed. It is noteworthy that these numbers reflect only Vicodin non-medical use by teens and do not include other commonly available formulations, such as Norco and Lortab.
The NIDA also reports alarming statistics about high school seniors and users of this medication:

  • 1 percent obtained the pain relievers from a relative or friend
  • 8 percent bought the medication from a family member or friend
  • 5 percent got the drug thanks to a doctor’s prescription
  • 5 percent purchased it from a stranger or drug dealer
  • 8 percent stole the drug from a relative or friend

It is evident that the vast majority of teenagers obtain hydrocodone illegally as gifts from family members or friends. Some of the teenagers readily share the pills with their friends, especially after the hydrocodone expiration. The online purchase of this substance is more complicated as compared to other drugs. Only 3 percent of adult users and 1 percent of high school seniors report buying the drug online. How much are teenagers paying for the drug on the street? What are the prices of hydrocodone 5-325 and other formulations on the streets?

Hydrocodone Prescription Prices

Before buying the drug on the street, buyers usually find out the official prices. This helps them understand the value of the medication and compare different versions and formulations to prices on the street.
At retail prices, hydrocodone typically costs $1.50 or less per pill. The price varies from pharmacy to pharmacy. A discount card allows people to obtain the drug at lower prices. Most stores accept this card. With this coupon, one can expect to pay the following prices for the drug:
The liquid form of acetaminophen hydrocodone

  • $0.64 per unit of 108 mg – 2.5 mg/5 mL
  • $0.36 per unit of 217 mg – 5 mg/10 mL

The solution of acetaminophen hydrocodone

  • Starting from $0.17 per unit for 750 mL up to $0.3 per unit for 118 mL of 325 mg – 7.5 mg/15 mL
  • $1.23 per unit for 600 mL or $2.18 per unit for 300 mL of 325 mg – 10 mg/15 mL

Acetaminophen-hydrocodone tablets

  • $0.87-$0.88 per unit or $87.45 for 100 tablets of 325 mg – 2.5 mg
  • From $0.38 per tablet in 1000 tablet purchase up to $3.37 per tablet if buying two tablets of 325 mg – 5 mg
  • $1.5-$1.44 per unit for buying 500 tablets, $1.49-$1.54 per unit for buying 100 tablets up to $1.82 for buying 30 tablets of 300 mg – 5 mg
  • From $0.55 per unit for buying 1000 tablets up to $1.64 per unit for buying six tablets of 325 mg – 7.5 mg
  • $1.47-$1.62 per unit of purchasing 500 tablets, $1.67-$1.68 per unit for buying 100 tablets or $2.27 for buying 30 tablets of 300 mg – 7.5 mg
  • From $1.49-$0.66 per unit for purchasing 1000 tablets up to $1.65 per unit for getting six tablets of 325 mg – 10 mg (the brand versions of that drug are Lortab, Norco, and Lorcet HD)
  • $1.90-$2.09 per unit for buying 500 tablets or $2.13-$1.15 for buying 100 tablets of 300 mg -10 mg (the brand names of that drug are Vicodin HP and Xodol)
It is not possible to purchase this medication legally without a prescription.

However, knowing the legal prices of the drug allows people to estimate the black-market cost of this substance. Prices on the street are much higher, of course, but the official prices serve as guidelines or references.

Prices of Hydrocodone 10 325 and Other Formulations On The Streets

The drug is available in various forms, mixtures, and sizes, but on average, the price of a hydrocodone pill on the streets ranges between $4 and $10. The drug is available in the following formulations:

  • Liquid combination or syrup
  • IR pill
  • ER pill
  • Liquid
  • Tablet (generic Vicodin)

Hydrocodone prices on illegal markets vary greatly depending on many factors. Below is a list with approximate data taken from unofficial sources.
Hydrocodone-acetaminophen 7.5 325 street value (7.5 mg/325 mL pill), on October 27, 2016, one tablet was sold for $4 in Thomasville, Georgia, for $6 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and for $10 in Irving, Texas.
A pill of 10 mg of hydrocodone was sold for the price of $4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 26, 2016, while one user bought it for $5 in Ohio on October 28, 2016, and another one paid $10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 30, 2016.
A dose of liquid 7.5 mg/15 mL hydrocodone/acetaminophen was sold for $5 in Kansas on October 22, 2016, for $19 in New York on October 26, 2016, while another customer paid $35 in Georgia on October 31, 2016.
Some of the abusers start taking CWE hydrocodone, which is the pure version of the opioid extracted from the combination drug, to get high faster.

Note that buying hydrocodone on the streets is illegal and dangerous. The pills purchased on the streets may have low quality, be past due or include contaminants. Abusing hydrocodone in any form may lead to addiction, overdose, and death.

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Looking for an opioid in the streets might be a sign of addiction that requires professional treatment. Self-medication is not advisable. There are many drug rehab centers that offer their services to those in need.

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Medically Reviewed By Michael Espelin APRN
Olivier George

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Olivier George, Ph.D.

Olivier George is a medical writer and head manager of the rehab center in California. He spends a lot of time in collecting and analyzing the traditional approaches for substance abuse treatment and assessing their efficiency.


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  • Myrna Qualls
    I was only researching this, because I heard some young kids talking about it in the store. I don’t know why these kids try this stuff.
  • Rex H.
    Though I’m sure a lot of people misuse them it’s the very few like me that need them for the lower leg edema that I have
    • Amanda portney
      Ok if that were true why are you on a page telling Street value prices per pill unless trying to cluck
    • barbara smith
      I agree. Have had restless legs for over 30 years, last 15 years has been so severe it completely destroys my life. I am 84 and dr prescribed for 8 months. Took only 1 a night for relief, but because of opiod crisis, dr will no longer prescribe. Have tried many other meds and they do not help
      • ren tom
        I have severe restless legs at night time. No nerve pain (gabapentin or lyrica) works. Nothing works for me. I hardly sleep due to constant leg movement and feel sluggish with agony by morning. I cannot get any pain pills anymore either.
      • Annette
        My mother is 84 and has restless leg syndrome and other nerve pain. She can’t take lyrica or gabapentin. She wasn’t sleeping. After researching natural ways for relief I found info on relief. So far its working and she is able to get sleep and relief. Its not a miracle – just info that makes sense. She stopped all forms of sugar, all flour i.e. breads, cakes, pasta she also stopped eating potatoes and rice. This basically left proteins and vegetables. She does use Erythritol sugar. Its natural and you can get it on Amazon. She stopped all artifical sweetners and all diet sodas. By doing all what I just said it dramatically reduced her inflammation and she says she feels so different in a positive way. Dont think about what you cant have. Think about what you can have and get creative with it. Carbonated bottled water TopoChico and fresh lime juice and that ery.thritol sugar tastes like sprite! Its like a KETO diet basically. She gets around better and is happier. If you take whats happened with you seriously and try this I’m telling you this works.
        • Linda
          Do you have any suggestions what is good to eat? To avoid sugar flour rice potatoes. What will taste good.
          • Carole Bruno
            Try eating a banana each day. You need potassium. I too get restless legs and as long as I eat bananas it goes away!!! At least try it! It’s a miracle for me.
    • drewTanev
      Rex I could not agree more. I have a history of brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and now dealing with abdomen pain. For me, no over the counter drug can even touch my pain usually cause of my past.
  • Sean Broecker
    Barbara Smith try CBD oil.
  • Kevin
    It’s to bad that these abusers scr**ed it up for the people who really do need them. Not everyone gets addicted to opioids.
    • some where in Tennessee
      Yes that is true. I have a basketball size tumor in my pelvic area that is sitting on a symatic nerve. Causes lots of severe pain to my back and legs due to the pressure of the tumor. We are awaiting having it removed because I also have other medical problems. We have to be very cautious about doing surgery as also am prone to staph, MRSA…. With that being said, no doctor’s like giving pain medicine because of all the abusers
    • Patricia
      Agree 100 % with you Kevin!!!!!! I’ve dealt with chronic pain due to RA since I was a child I’m 54 on May 4th, chronic Migraines since age 7, Fibromyalgia, nerve pain, & more for 20 plus years & it took me 15 yrs & many doctors until I was finally taken seriously , had the proper tests run , And it was Finally proven I’m not a nut job or just out to get high!!! Not just out looking for attention, or a hypochondriac. I Had to EARN THE RIGHT & THE TRUST of the DR’S & INSURANCE CO’s, etc in Order to be prescribed the Meds I desperately Need to feel halfway “normal” or on some days, “just to get out of bed!” NOT TO GET HIGH❗
  • Robert
    I take 10-325’s for my 6th brain tumor and 7th on my kidney, and for the surgery pain and nerve damage after surviving 5 prior brain surgeries. I’ve got 28 hours of brain surgery under my belt, 33 hours of total cancer surgery. I’m not done with this nightmare yet. But Refuse to let cancer beat me. I’m Going to survive it period. Because I Say So.
    • Patricia
      Stay strong Robert you are a warrior!
  • B.M. Simard
    I need your help. I had major surgery five days ago, and just got home. I am allergic to morphine, dilaudid, and statex. I usually take Demerol, but the doctor prescribled Oxycodone instead. I am in a lot of pain, but I can’t reach him. Someone told me that I CANNOT take this, if I am allergic to morphine. Any advice would be greatly welcome. Thank-you in advance, B. M. Simard
  • Don Martin Freybler
    I have been doing these for 27 years… I have had 5 hip replacements, Open Heart. I was dead as a door nail. Norco has really helped me with all my pain issues.
  • William Hill-Pinchas Ph.D
    I read the actual article from cdc. Quote: “Nearly 7 out of 10 of these overdose deaths were due to opioids. Nearly half of all overdose deaths, or 47%, were due to fentanyl or other synthetic opioids besides methadone. More than 1 in 5 of all overdose deaths, or 22%, were due to heroin. More than 1 in 5 of all overdose deaths, or 23%, were due to cocaine. An estimated 1 in 5 of all overdose deaths were due to methamphetamine or other psychostimulants with abuse potential.” So when you add this up, 92% of overdose deaths are “street drugs” related….but the paragraphs conflate without being clear they are including non “opioid” deaths in the numbers. When you find that over 20 years, the total deatgs via legal Rx pain meds is approx. 3,080 a year, the entire “opiod crisis” is obviously a ruse to reduce real pain patients access to efective and SAFE long term pain management, AND to invent and promote the idea that real pain patients are no different than abusers of street drugs. So, the real number of opioid Rx deaths hovers at 3,080 per year. Co.pare: Tobacco kills 480,000 (CDC) user per annum. Medical mistakes kill 280,000. From CDC page: Number of deaths for leading causes of death Heart disease: 655,381 Cancer: 599,274 Accidents 167,127 Chronic lower resp. diseases: 159,486 Stroke (cerebrovascular): 147,810 Alzheimer’s disease: 122,019 Diabetes: 84,946 Influenza and pneumonia: 59,120 Nephritis, nephrosis etc: 51,386 Intentional self-harm (suicide): 48,344 There is no Rx opioid crisis 100% propaganda to take legitimatr pain meds away from people in a lot of pain. As a long term pain patient, I resent the extreme difficulty and hoops I must now juml through each and every month plus the thousands in cash I now must spend on insurance (state sanctioned extortion) just to keep my doctors. To all who think that Rx pain pills from a pharmacy are the problem? Think, if its ok for 480,000 people to die smpmibg, and its ok for 1,000,000 babies to have their lives snuffed out because “wymyns rights” why arent 3,080 people allowed to od on their Rx if they so choose? Its rank hypocrisy and the medis hype isnt backed up by the numbers. The real crisis is illega treet drugs and the violence and death that follow. Before opioids were made illegal less than 1% of population had addiction problem. Since illegalization, the opioid addiction problem rose to 4%. OD’s used to be extremely rare for street drugs until the addition of…..wait for it….. Fentanyl (1000×potent as heroin) and carfentamyl (1000× potent as fentanyl-2microgram= fatal dose) I reitterate, there is no OD crises of legally bought Rx is nothing more than a fear driven distraction story. No one in msm, addiction treatment centers, politics or science cares at all about the 480,000 annual US tobacco deaths or the 8,000,000 annual world tobacco deaths. At 8,000,000 per year average, then by the year 2300 there will have been 800,000,000 tobacvo deaths. In the same time there will have been 300,000 total legal Rx opioid overdoses. Rx opioud ods are 3.75% of tobacco deaths. Yet we do not see any efforts by anyone to ban tobacco for human consumption. In the absence of such efforts, the opioid “crisis” is nothing more than manufactured background noise. All addictions are based on decades of pro druv and alcohol abuse messaging in movies, books, tv and peer pressure. They can only thrive on people who have not been taught since infancy the proper place of alcohol, or how to value thenself and their responsibility to life. If people valued life and service to each othrr, the community and our home the earth above all else, there would not be any question about what to do. But where do all the illegal drugs cone from? The history of opium and heroin trade explains a lot of wars. But the movies “Blow” and “°American Made” reveal that US agencies were involved in bringing drugs into US since at least the 1940s where they had created a bunch of adficts to speed and opioids in ww2. They created more addicts in Korea…and way more in Vietnem. (The Golden Triangle) Anyway, rwad and research…if you think you are an addict, analyze what is wrong with yiu core values and the foundation of things you believe to be true. Unwind all the contradictions that were grafted into your mind and you have the best chance to break free.