How Much Does Demerol (Meperidine) Cost On The Street?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on August 10, 2023

Meperidine, which is more commonly known by the brand name Demerol, is an opioid narcotic which is prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain. Although less expensive than other opioids on the street, an addiction to Demerol can be very costly.

What Is The Street Price Of Demerol?

A single dose of Demerol purchased on the street will generally cost $2.50 – $6. Demerol can either be taken as a tablet or in syrup form, and the effects last for three to four hours.

Demerol is slightly less expensive than other street opioids, but like the others it is also highly addictive.

How Much Does A Dose Of Demerol Cost On The Street?

The cost of Demerol can vary depending on what form you buy it in, but it is generally cheaper than other opioids.

Someone addicted to Demerol can build up a tolerance fast and require more and more of the drug each time they use it in order to feel the same effects.

Because of this, an addiction to Demerol can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars per year and requiring treatment at an opioid addiction treatment center

Demerol also comes in an injectable form, although you are unlikely to see the injectable form on the street.

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Cost Of Demerol On The Street Vs. Pharmacy Price

According to the FDA, Demerol’s proper use is as an opioid analgesia for pain management, particularly for use with people who are in remission from drug or alcohol addiction.

This means that you can get Demerol through a pharmacy provided you have a proper prescription.

The cost of Demerol is even less expensive through a pharmacy than on the street:

  • a 50 mg tablet or 50 ml of syrup is less than $1
  • a 100 mg tablet is $1-$2

Of course, Demerol is a Schedule II substance, which means the legal use of it is controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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