Used as the typical standard for potency when comparing opioids, morphine is available for legal consumption by prescription only.
However, some people buy opioids which are diverted for abuse and resold on the street.
The typical cost of a morphine pill averages around $0.52/mg in the US.
This average cost will depend on many factors but is generally dependent on local availability and demand.
How Much Does A Tablet Of Morphine Cost On The Street?
There are two main tablet sizes for morphine in the US – 15 mg and 30 mg.
The cost of a tablet of morphine will cost anywhere between $5 and $30 dollars per pill — depending on strength and number purchased.
However, it is not uncommon for this cost to be much higher.
Cost Of Morphine By Dosage
Extended-release morphine (MS Contin/ morphine ER) comes in doses ranging from 15 mg to 200 mg. Price ranges for extended-release pills are highly variable.
For normal release morphine, the cost for a single dose averaged at $.52/mg is:
- 15 mg — $7.80 per pill
- 30 mg — $15.60 per pill
These costs are merely averages, though. Some people may pay upwards of $40 per 30-mg pill if they are scarce or if the illegal drug dealer decides to price morphine at this rate.
Cost Of Morphine On The Street Vs. Pharmacy Prices
Because it is illegal to purchase morphine without a prescription, the street prices will be much higher than pharmacy prices. This is the case for almost every prescription medication.
Average morphine prices at the pharmacy will depend on the number of pills purchased and the strength of morphine.
Regional price differences and insurance coverage will also impact the final drug cost.
Pharmacy Morphine Cost
For 30 15-mg morphine pills, the cost will be between $10 and $20 — although most options are around $10 for 30 pills.
The average cost of morphine per mg (for 15-mg pills) at the pharmacy is around:
- $.02/mg to $0.04/mg
- $0.30 to $0.60 per 15 mg pill
Street Morphine Cost
Compared to the pharmacy cost of morphine pills, the street cost of morphine pills is astronomical.
The street price of morphine is between 12.5 to 25 times the cost of prescribed pills.
In some cases, the highest cost of 30 15-mg morphine pills purchased at the pharmacy may be less than the street cost of a single 15 mg morphine pill.
Getting Help For Morphine Abuse
Opioid addiction involving morphine or other drugs can be both expensive and life-altering. If you or a loved one is dependent on addictive drugs like morphine, then rehab can help.
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