About StreetRx

StreetRx (streetrx.com) is a web-based citizen reporting tool enabling real-time collection of street price data on diverted pharmaceutical substances. Based on principles of crowdsourcing for public health surveillance, the site allows users to anonymously report prices they paid or heard were paid for diverted prescription drugs. User-generated data offers intelligence into an otherwise opaque black market, providing a novel data set for public health surveillance, specifically for controlled substances.

Prescription opioid diversion and abuse are major public health issues, and street prices provide an indicator of drug availability, demand, and abuse potential. Such data, however, can be difficult to collect and crowdsourcing can provide an effective solution in an era of Internet-based social networks. Data derived from StreetRx generates valuable insights for pharmacoepidemiological research, health-policy analysis, pharmacy-economic modeling, and in assisting epidemiologists and policymakers in understanding the effects of product formulations and pricing structures on the diversion of prescription drugs.

StreetRx operates under strong partnership with the Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance System (RADARS), a surveillance system that collects product- and geographically-specific data on abuse, misuse, and diversion of prescription drugs. The site was launched in the United States in November 2010. Since then, there have been over 300,000 reports of diverted drug prices. StreetRx has expanded into Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.