OxyContin Street Prices & Names

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on January 7, 2023

OxyContin is one of the most commonly prescribed opioids in Ohio. Like other prescription opioids, it’s often sold on the state’s illegal drug market, where its price depends on factors like strength and location. It’s also sold under various street names.

OxyContin is the brand name for a prescription opioid painkiller called oxycodone. It’s one of the most commonly prescribed opioids in Ohio. It can treat various types of pain, including chronic pain and pain following an injury. 

Like other opioids, OxyContin is highly addictive. When someone gets addicted to OxyContin and their prescription runs out, they often turn to the street. Here’s what you should know about the drug’s street prices and names.

OxyContin Street Prices

On Ohio’s black market, the average price of OxyContin ranges between $12 and $80 per tablet. The exact price depends on factors like strength and location.

Strength

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), OxyContin comes in two formulations: immediate release and extended release. 

Immediate-release OxyContin takes effect shortly after you ingest it. Extended-release OxyContin takes effect more slowly, but the effects last much longer. 

Immediate-release OxyContin comes in 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg strengths. Extended-release OxyContin comes in 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, and 80 mg strengths. Both formulations typically cost about $1 to $2 per milligram. 

Location 

In general, OxyContin is more expensive in Ohio’s rural areas. That’s because these areas tend to have a lower supply of OxyContin compared to the state’s big cities. A low supply usually leads to high prices. 

OxyContin Street Price Vs. The Street Price Of Other Prescription Drugs

The most popular prescription medications sold on Ohio’s black market are prescription opioids, prescription stimulants, and benzodiazepines. As with OxyContin, the street value of these drugs varies. 

Prescription Opioids

The average street prices for prescription opioids besides OxyContin include:

  • buprenorphine (Suboxone): $5 to $100 per tablet
  • codeine: $3 to $10 per tablet
  • hydrocodone (Norco): $5 to $20 per tablet
  • hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin): $6 to $25 per tablet
  • hydromorphone (Dilaudid): $5 to $150 per tablet
  • oxymorphone (Opana): $5 to $50 per tablet
  • tramadol (Ultram): $1 to $20 per tablet

Prescription Stimulants

Prescription stimulants like amphetamine (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) are used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). On the street, they usually cost between $5 and $15 per tablet. 

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) are prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. On the street, they typically cost between $2 and $10 per tablet. 

OxyContin Street Names

Drug users and dealers use street names so they can discuss OxyContin without other people realizing it. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the most common street names for OxyContin include:

  • Blues
  • Hillbilly Heroin
  • Kickers
  • OC
  • Ox

Dangers Of OxyContin Abuse

OxyContin can be safe when used exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. However, some people abuse the drug by using it in a manner not prescribed. For example, they might:

  • use it more often than prescribed
  • use higher doses than prescribed
  • use it without a prescription
  • crush the pills and snort them 

When you abuse OxyContin, you are much more likely to experience the drug’s common side effects, which include dry mouth, drowsiness, and mood swings. You may also experience rarer, more serious side effects, such as chest pain, seizures, and trouble breathing.

Abusing OxyContin also increases your risk of overdose and addiction.

OxyContin Overdose

Like other opioids, OxyContin slows down your central nervous system. If you use too much of it, your nervous system may slow to the point of overdose. Common symptoms of an OxyContin overdose include:

  • slowed breathing
  • slowed heart rate
  • pale, clammy skin
  • bluish lips and/or fingernails
  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of consciousness 

If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, call 911 right away. When left untreated, an OxyContin overdose can be fatal, especially if you bought it on the street. That’s because some drug dealers lace OxyContin with fentanyl. 

Fentanyl is a synthetic (human-made) opioid that’s up to 50 times stronger than heroin. It’s been linked to numerous overdose deaths.

OxyContin Addiction

OxyContin addiction is a serious disease that makes you feel unable to stop using the drug. Other symptoms may include:

  • mood swings
  • loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • tolerance (needing increasingly higher or more frequent doses of OxyContin to feel the desired effects)
  • physical dependence (experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety and sweating, when you don’t use OxyContin)

If you or someone you love shows signs of OxyContin addiction, seek help at a drug abuse treatment program. These programs provide medical detox, mental health counseling, and other recovery-focused services on an inpatient or outpatient basis. 

To learn more about opioid addiction treatment, please reach out to Ohio Recovery Center. Our compassionate treatment providers offer personalized, evidence-based care to help you or your loved one recover from substance abuse.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Fentanyl Facts https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/fentanyl/index.html
  2. Department of Health & Human Services — Opioids in Ohio Medicaid: Review of Extreme Use and Prescribing https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-18-00010.pdf
  3. Drug Enforcement Administration — Oxycodone https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/oxycodone
  4. Food and Drug Administration — HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION https://www.fda.gov/media/131026/download
  5. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Oxycodone https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682132.html

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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