Any addiction is expensive when we take into account the emotional toll it takes on loved ones, the cost of prison, jail, and fines, the cost of psychical and mental health, and the cost of treatment. The most expensive ones to maintain financially are crack cocaine, cocaine, and heroin, although for differing reasons.
Opioid addiction is at an all- time high in our nation. Many people begin taking opioid pain medications for real medical reasons, and become addicted. (Most recently and sadly, Prince.) Buying OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, and other pain medications on the street can cost more than $1.00 per gram. Most pills contain more than one gram, and this habit can get costly, which is why many switch over to heroin. The heroin high is initially stronger, and cheaper. Prices vary in different locations around the country, and also fluctuate according to the purity and type of heroin. A small packet of heroin generally costs between $5.00 and $10.00, and can give a high that lasts a few hours. This is cheaper than a six pack of beer or a bottle of wine. So, there you have it. It is also a much cheaper drug than trying to maintain the same high from taking handfuls of pain pills. The problem is that heroin is highly addictive, and once hooked it causes sickness to come off of it. So, $10 at a time, addicts land up spending thousands.
Crack cocaine and powder cocaine rank right up there with heroin. A rock of crack costs about $10 to $20. It produces a short-lived intense high. As soon as the person comes down, they want more. An addict on a crack run can be gone for days chasing the high. The cheap $10 rock lands up costing hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Powder cocaine is not much better. This also gives a short lived high, and a very low low once it is stopped. It’s not a big thing for a crack or cocaine addict to do up an eight-ball (which can cost a few hundred) in a few hours, and still want more. Most addicts won’t think to buy a full gram or eight-ball and save money, they will just keep returning spending $20, $40, $60 at a time. Cocaine is an endless cycle of up and down that only ends when someone has run out of money, goes into a coma, or overdoses.
For both drugs, the high is continually chased in order to bypass the crash or sickness that comes from abruptly stopping. Both heroin and cocaine may initially seem not too expensive, but once an addict starts on either of these, money flies fast as the person has to keep doing it to maintain their high. If you have never tried either, don’t. If someone you love is struggling with an addiction to heroin, cocaine, or any other illicit drug or alcohol, call now to get help before they ruin their own or your finances, and more importantly, their life.