Fentanyl Street Price | Fentanyl Prescription Cost

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on December 10, 2022
Fikret Terzic

Written by: Fikret Terzic MD, MS

Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid typically used to treat chronic pain. It can be prescribed but is also sold as an illicit drug on the illegal drug market.

Besides its generic name, fentanyl names on the street can be called Apache, China Girl, Goodfella, China White, and Dance Fever.

How much fentanyl costs on the street and as a prescription drug can vary dramatically depending on your location, the number of suppliers in your area, and the state of the economy at the time.

Fentanyl Street Price

The street value of fentanyl can differ depending on a number of factors, but the average price of a fentanyl tablet is likely between $25 and $50. A single gram of fentanyl can cost anywhere from $99 to $200.

The cost really depends on the dealer and your location. If there are a lot of drug dealers in certain places, their prices might be lower than if there are only a few.

The opioid analgesic/painkiller can also be found in a powder form, as an eyedropper, and in a nasal spray for various prices.

Fentanyl-Laced Drugs

The price of fentanyl on the street can also change depending on if it’s used to cut other drugs. Fentanyl may be used as a filler to make the overall product cheaper to make. The average price of fentanyl-laced drugs can cost:

  • heroin: $20
  • cocaine: $20
  • methamphetamines/amphetamines: $5
  • MDMA: $20
  • benzodiazepines: $5-$10

The problem with this comes when someone doesn’t realize the drug they bought has fentanyl mixed in. Taking any substance bought off the street increases the risk of overdose.

Fentanyl Prescription Cost

The price of fentanyl by prescription also differs. It depends on the price the manufacturer charges, how much your insurance covers (if you have it), and the pharmacy you go to.

The average cost of a single fentanyl patch without insurance can be up to $10 for a 25 mcg/hr dose

For a single 100 mcg fentanyl buccal tablet, the average cost is about $50. For 500 ml of the IV solution, it’s usually around $260 and a single 200 mcg fentanyl lozenge can cost approximately $17

Fentanyl Abuse

As you might imagine, the lower the cost, the more accessible the drug is. When a drug is easy to afford and access, it’s more likely to be used and abused. And drug abuse can quickly lead to addiction.

Fentanyl is considered a Schedule II controlled substance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means it has a high potential for abuse and can lead to dependence and addiction.

This is the same classification as other prescription opioids/opiates like oxycodone (Oxycontin), codeine, hydromorphone, and hydrocodone (Vicodin). Keep in mind, however, that fentanyl is significantly stronger than most opioids.

Whether you buy fentanyl on the black market or as a prescription medication, abusing the drug increases the risk of overdose.

Fentanyl Overdose

If left untreated, a fentanyl overdose can quickly lead to a drug overdose death. It’s so potent that even a small amount can cause a fatal reaction.

If you do suspect someone has overdosed on fentanyl, there are some signs to look out for:

  • cold, clammy skin
  • slowed breathing
  • decreased heart rate
  • loss of consciousness
  • coma

If you or someone you know is showing these signs, call 911 immediately.

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment 

While fentanyl addiction can be difficult to overcome, addiction treatment is available to start you on your road to recovery.

The first step is likely a detox program where healthcare providers supervise you and help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. 

Following detox, you may also have access to medication-assisted treatment, in which you take medications like buprenorphine (Suboxone) while you attend behavioral therapy, support groups, and mental health counseling.

If you or a loved one is struggling with any form of substance abuse, please contact Ohio Recovery Center for information on our inpatient treatment options.

  1. Australian Government: Australian Institute of Criminology — Fentanyl availability on darknet markets https://www.aic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-05/ti590_fentanyl_availability_on_darknet_markets.pdf
  2. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) — Facts about Fentanyl https://www.dea.gov/resources/facts-about-fentanyl
  3. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Fentanyl https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a605043.html

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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