Gabapentin (Neurontin) is an anticonvulsant medication that is prescribed in capsule, tablet, and oral solution. On the street, the drug is sold for about $1.00 for 100 milligrams (mg).
For an individual who is just starting to abuse the drug, 300-600 mg is enough to produce a high.
People who have become addicted to the medication will require larger doses ranging from 1200 to 3000 mg to gain similar effects.
What Factors Can Affect The Price Of Gabapentin?
Gabapentin is not a controlled substance and is relatively easy to purchase illegally and in large quantities.
This medication does not require reporting to the prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) in many states throughout the US.
Factors that affect the price of gabapentin on the street include:
- experience of the buyer
- where it is sold
- current supply of prescription medications
- availability of illicit narcotics
- local laws
- time of the month
Street Cost Of Gabapentin vs. Pharmacy Cost
Gabapentin tablets are distributed in 300 mg, 600 mg, and 800 mg variants.
When the drug is purchased at a pharmacy, the price may range between $13 to $17.50 for 90 capsules of the prescription drug.
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While purchasing the medication on the street may be more expensive, the general low price of the medication makes it an easy prescription medication to abuse.
Finding Treatment For Gabapentin Addiction
Illegal prescription drug abuse of Neurontin will likely continue because of the ease of purchasing the drug in large quantities and at low cost.
Gabapentin is often combined with street heroin and prescription opiates to achieve a high. When combined with other drugs, it can lead to fatal adverse effects.
If you or a loved one is seeking substance abuse treatment for gabapentin or any other drug addiction, contact our helpline today to be connected with treatment options.
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- National Center for Biotechnology Information — The street value of prescription drugs
- Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy — Examination of the evidence for off-label use of gabapentin
- U.S. National Library of Medicine — Gabapentin