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    About StreetRx

    Inspired by the principles of crowdsourcing, StreetRx is a one-of-a-kind program that identifies and tracks the street value of prescription and illicit drugs. StreetRx gathers user-submitted data to map the street price of a variety of drugs across the country.

    StreetRx users can anonymously post, view, and rate submissions, shedding new light onto the often muddy waters of the black market. By providing invaluable information about the preferences of users, health communication specialists can adapt the outreach efforts to the local needs of their community.

    OXYCODONE

    Oxycodone: In Brief

    Oxycodone was developed when two German scientists, Martin Fruend and Edmund Speyer, synthesised it from thebaine in 1916. The drug came about in an attempt to find an alternate to opiates that effectively treated pain – but were also creating dependency and addiction. (Morphine and heroin are examples of such opiates.) Oxycodone was developed with other semi-synthetic opioids that were created for the same reason.

    It made its clinical debut in 1917, and was introduced to the United States market in May of 1939. It became a practitioner favourite for treating acute postoperative pain and other types of severe pain, such as symptoms from cancer treatment. But the improper use and abuse of oxycodone became a problem. Two decades later, the US government classified oxycodone as a Schedule II narcotic. It remains an active ingredient in a number of popular medications, including Roxicet, Roxiprin, Percocet, Percodan, Endocet, Endodan, and OxyContin.

    Oxycodone: In the Streets

    Despite the original intention behind its creation, oxycodone has proved to cause dependency in some people. This potential for addiction has led the United States government to impose a classification of Schedule II, defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse; it is a Schedule 8 drug under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). When unable to procure oxycodone through legal means, many turn to buying it on the streets and other black market resources.

    Street Price

    The mission of StreetRx is to elucidate the underground drug market and use the knowledge obtained to aid in the reduction of prescription drug abuse. To this end, StreetRx collects data on the street prices of medications. The average street price of oxycodone is approximately A$1.95 per milligram.

    PERCOCET

    Percocet: In Brief

    Percocet is an analgesic (painkilling) drug, which is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Its precursor was first created when pharmacists began mixing oxycodone with aspirin in the 1950s. They called it Percodan, and it quickly became the leading painkiller in the United States. It reigned for a couple of decades, but began to lose favour in 1974 upon the introduction of Percocet, which, due to the substitution of aspirin for acetaminophen, is less likely to result in postoperative complications.

    This popularity had a downside, with overprescription quickly becoming a problem. In 1995, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that prescriptions be limited, as Percocet had been associated with liver damage. Then, in 2000, the FDA found that the abuse of Percocet was leading to overdose and liver damage, leading to nearly 400 deaths per year. They then further tightened restrictions on availability, classifying Percocet as a Schedule II narcotic. Although the brand Percocet is not available in Australia, any oxycodone product is a Schedule 9 drug under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

    Percocet: In the Streets

    Unfortunately, Percocet is widely misused and abused, regardless of the FDA’s classification. When it comes to available studies and general comprehension of the street market for prescription drugs, there is a real knowledge gap in regard to Percocet and other pharmaceuticals like it. Because of this, the black market has been able to grow and flourish. Many who are unable to acquire it legally depend on various black market means, including street dealers.

    Street Price

    The mission of StreetRx is to elucidate this underground drug market and use the knowledge obtained to aid in the reduction of prescription drug abuse. To this end, StreetRx collects data on the street prices of medications. The average street price of Percocet is about A$2.44 per milligram.

    METHADONE

    Methadone: In Brief

    In 1937, this drug was first developed in Germany. It offers longer and stronger analgesic (painkilling) effects than many other options. Eli Lilly and Company first introduced methadone to the United States market in 1947 and it is still approved as an effective and reliable analgesic today.

    Because it is able to block the euphoric highs of drugs like morphine or heroin, this drug is often used by present-day practitioners in the US for treating opioid dependency. Due to its aforementioned long-lasting and potent effects, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has listed methadone as a Schedule II controlled substance.

    Methadone: In the Streets

    Even though governments regulate methadone, it is still widely desired for the treatment of opioid addiction and pain. Some people are not able to acquire it via legal means; because of this, many use the black market in order to procure it.

    Street Price

    The mission of StreetRx is to elucidate the underground drug market and use the knowledge obtained to aid in the reduction of prescription drug abuse. To this end, StreetRx collects data on the street prices of medications. The average street price of methadone is approximately A$1.39 per milligram.

    TRAMADOL

    Tramadol: In Brief

    This drug is an analgesic (painkiller) that is effective on moderate to severe pain. Tramadol is another German creation, first developed by the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH in the late 1970s. Tramadol is less addictive than some other opioid painkillers because it is a synthetic agent. It’s not likely that patients will develop dependency on tramadol, even when it is used long-term.

    Because of this, tramadol is not classified by the FDA with the other opiates and is instead a Schedule IV substance, which may be procured using a standard prescription. (If the pharmacy is in the United States, people can even order it online.) There have been over 55 different brand names for tramadol worldwide, including Ultram, Tramal, Ralivia, and Ryzolt.

    Tramadol: In the Streets

    Though this drug is widely available with little restriction, it still comes from opium, making it an opiate that can cause euphoric effects – which means that there is still a thriving black market for Tramadol. When seeing the doctor isn’t an option and a prescription can’t be found, people often head to the streets.

    Street Price

    The mission of StreetRx is to elucidate the underground drug market and use the knowledge obtained to aid in the reduction of prescription drug abuse. To this end, StreetRx collects data on the street prices of medications. The average street price of tramadol is approximately A$0.12 per milligram.

    MORPHINE

    Morphine: In Brief

    The German pharmacist Friedrich Serturner first isolated morphine from opium in 1804. Merck began selling the drug on a commercial scale in 1827, but it was first distributed by Serturner himself in 1817. As a very potent analgesic (painkiller), morphine is most often used to control pain both before and after major surgeries. The invention of the hypodermic needle in 1857 gave morphine the ability to relieve even the most severe pain.

    Morphine: In the Streets

    Though it offers many benefits, morphine is another opiate, creating a feeling of euphoria in the user. Again, this gives it high potential for dependency and addiction. The United States government recognised this in 1914 with the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act. Unable to procure it traditionally, many people turn to the black market and illegal distributors.

    Street Price

    The mission of StreetRx is to elucidate this underground drug market and use the knowledge obtained to aid in the reduction of prescription drug abuse. To this end, StreetRx collects data on the street prices of medications. The average street price of morphine is about A$0.77 per milligram.

    VICODIN

    Vicodin: In Brief

    Vicodin was first introduced to the United States by another German pharmaceutical company, Knoll, in 1978. It is used as an analgesic (painkiller) for mild to severe pain, and when taken orally is estimated to be twice as potent as morphine. As a combination opioid-narcotic drug (acetaminophen and hydrocodone), it is classified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a Schedule II drug. In Australia, hydrocodone products have largely been replaced by morphine.

    Vicodin: In the Streets

    As a Schedule II drug, restrictions are imposed on the distribution of Vicodin. Despite this designation, the black market for it is substantial. People who cannot procure Vicodin through traditional means often get it on the streets.

    Street Price

    The mission of StreetRx is to elucidate this underground drug market and use the knowledge obtained to aid in the reduction of prescription drug abuse. To this end, StreetRx collects data on the street prices of medications. The average street price of Vicodin is about A$2.00 per milligram.

    LORTAB

    Lortab: In Brief

    Lortab is a brand name medication that is generally used for managing and treating severe pain, often as a substitute for Vicodin or Percocet. It is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen and is currently classified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Schedule II drug, which requires a valid prescription (all medications containing a hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination are in this classification.) In Australia, hydrocodone products have largely been replaced by morphine products.

    Lortab: In the Streets

    As an opiate analgesic (painkiller), Lortab has risks associated with its use, and especially with its misuse. These risks have led to the FDA placing restrictions on legally acquiring Lortab, which is why people often procure it on the streets or through the black market using other means.

    Street Price

    The mission of StreetRx is to elucidate the underground drug market and use the knowledge obtained to aid in the reduction of prescription drug abuse. To this end, StreetRx collects data on the street prices of medications. The average street price of Lortab is approximately A$1.67 per milligram.