We’re not talking here about contraband drugs like speed, heroin and the like…but, on the other hand, there’s a big (though not quite legal) market out there for prescription drugs. These are mainly pain-killers which do give a ‘high’ feeling as well. No thanks to high-publicity cases like Michael Jackson’s (see my post “What Killed Michael Jackson?”), there’s a growing awareness and demand for these prescription pills, bought and sold on the sly.
Prescription drug abuse, now the fastest-growing drug problem in the USA, has created a ballooning street market for highly-addictive pain relief, anxiety and depression drugs.
Take a look at the street prices of these prescription drugs and you will see what I mean:
–Oxycontin: USD 50-80 on the street, vs. USD 6 when sold legally
–Oxycodone: USD 12-40 on the street, vs. USD 6
–Hydrocodone: USD 5-20 vs. $1.50
–Percocet: USD 10 -15 vs. $6
–Vicodin: USD 5 -25 vs. $1.50
These street prices of commonly trafficked ‘legit’ drugs are duplicated elsewhere throughout the world and it would be a matter of time before they will replace the traditional illicit drugs as the main source of the illlegal drug trade.
But the most troubling trend among drug abusers in the US, is the growing number of young teens that abuse prescription drugs, simply because if its deemed legal , it ought to be safer, especially since they see adults getting it prescribed from their doctors. Enter a new phrase in the urban dictionary: skittle parties*.
(skittle parties: a party where a bunch of teenagers or young adults get together with a lot of random pills,usually taken from parents’ medicine cabinets, put them all into a pile and every one takes a few at random).
- FDA ‘Bad Ad’ Program Raises Awareness of Provider Role in Ensuring Truthful Prescription Drug Promotion (forum.thenewalchemist.com)
- NY AG Schneiderman Calls for Statewide Drug Database (nyconvergence.com)
- America’s fatal addiction to prescription drugs | David Kloth (guardian.co.uk)