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The Cost of Common Teen Drugs

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Teen drug use is a problem that can start small and grow quietly for quite some time. What starts as getting high once in a while with friends or using a stimulant to study for a tough exam can quickly get out of hand. One of the most reliable signs of drug use in teens is evidence of the growing financial costs. Knowing how much common drugs of abuse cost can help a parent to detect if the money their teen is earning (or is being given) is disappearing faster than it ought to.

The Price of Common Drugs Used by Teens

Teen addiction and drug abuse are, sadly, quite common. Common drugs used by teens include marijuana (weed), prescription painkillers, cocaine, stimulants (such as Adderall) and others. Some drugs are quite cheap, whereas others will make a more significant dent in someone’s finances.

How Much Does Weed Cost?

The cost of marijuana is certainly not the highest among drugs, although the price does fluctuate based on availability and legality. Famously, marijuana can be purchased in small amounts in nickel and dime bags ($5 and $10, respectively) or it can be bought in bulk for virtually any amount. The costs involved are small enough that a teen may ask for a bit of cash to see a movie or go out to eat and instead use it to buy marijuana.

How Much Do Prescription Painkillers Cost?

The following is a list of the approximate costs of prescription drugs:

  • Oxycodone: $1.38/5mg capsule
  • Hydrocodone: $171 for a supply of 250 milliliters (108 mg-2.5 mg/5 mL) for oral liquid
  • Morphine: $35 for a supply of 50 milliliters (0.5 mg/mL) of injectable solution
  • Percocet: $17.49 per tablet (325 mg-5 mg)

The prices are likely to be even higher on the street. While these prices may not seem especially high, people that get hooked on prescription pills can end up consuming them in staggering volumes. A teenager may resort to stealing cash to fund a pill habit, or perhaps just steal the pills themselves from family or friends that have had them legitimately prescribed.

How Much Does Heroin Cost?

On the street, a bag of heroin might cost as little as $5, but a heavy user could be consuming hundreds of dollars worth of the drug a day. A teenager funding a growing heroin problem may start asking for large chunks of cash, explaining that it is for clubs or sporting events, while secretly using it for drugs.

How Much Does Cocaine Cost?

Cocaine costs about $150 PPG (per pure gram), and likely even more on the street. This might seem like a lot, but in practice, one doesn’t need much coke to get high, especially at first. Asking for money for doing extra chores might be enough to fund the beginnings of a cocaine habit.

How Much Does LSD Cost?

LSD will run $4-$8 per dose, which isn’t very expensive. Unfortunately, such a small expense is probably nearly impossible to track without accounting for every penny of even the smallest allowance.

How Much Does Adderall Cost?

Adderall can cost about $7.44 for a 5mg tablet. As with many drugs, abusing Adderall might not be too expensive at first, but as more and more is needed to feel the same effects, the financial costs add up. If you’ve got a teenager that always seems to be borrowing money during stressful times at school, such as finals or midterms, they may be looking for the resources to buy stimulants.

How Much Do Steroids Cost?

Anabolic steroids taken to increase muscle mass range in price from $1 a pill, taken a few times a day, to much more expensive injectable drugs. The amount of money a teen needs to abuse steroids will depend on exactly what outcomes they’re looking for. A teenager looking for money from their parents to spend on steroids might tell them they need it for a training camp or athletic equipment.

If you have a teenage family member that is struggling with substance abuse, there is help available. Contact Next Generation Village to speak with someone about treatment options available to you.


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