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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Young Narcotic Users & the Relative Cost Efficiency of Heroin

A relatively naive user with low to moderate opioid tolerance might typically use 2 OC-80's per day.


"I'm forking out 100.00$ per day for 2 OC 80's. I just shot a bag (0.1g) of heroin, my first time ever. I was blasted, much stronger than shooting an 80 of oxy and it only cost me 10 bucks! Fuck oxy. I can save a ton of money this way, AND afford to be using all the time."


Yes, this mentality has been common among the younger generation for the past 15 years, ever since the release, and subsequent discovery of OxyContin, by casual users and opiate addicts alike. The product has been worshipped and ridiculously overpriced; both in the retail and the underground setting. An 80 milligram tablet goes for up to 60.00$ in the Traverse City area, and reportedly higher in other places. However the street prices may have changed recently, I know they have in most areas; with the recent release of the new reformulated product the street price has dropped substantially, with the dwindling supplies of the original product selling for a premium, up to 1 dollar per milligram or more..

Back to the topic at hand; yes, heroin offers a cost effective route for those new to the opiate lifestyle who have previously only used the RX drugs.


Let's do some math here:


Taken by the IV (injected) route, morphine is about 1.5 times stronger than oxycodone by the same route. Heroin, is twice as potent as morphine by this route; therefore, IV heroin is about 3 times stronger than an equal dose of IV oxycodone. For example, 10mg of IV heroin equals 30mg of IV oxycodone.


TARGET was my product of choice while in NY 
Heroin is most typically sold in 'bundles'; a bundle is a total of 1 gram powder material, divided into 10 bags, each with 100 milligrams of powder. Now depending on purity and cut; Each 100 milligram bag may typically contain 30 to 70 milligrams of actual heroin (with the remaining 30 to 70 milligrams diluting agent) A bundle typically sells for 75 to 100 dollars, give or take.

So think about it; even with a product of very low purity, maybe 25 percent; with a single bag you are receiving the equivalent of 75 milligrams of oxycodone. This single bag costs 7 to 10 dollars, whereas an 80 milligram oxycodone tablet would cost up to 60 dollars or more. And remember, with the typical unit sold being a bundle; composed of TEN of these bags, you're getting exponentially more for your money; by 10-fold at the WORST.


So you do the rest of the math. 

2 Oxy 80's per day, costing 120 dollars per day.

VS

2 bags of heroin per day, costing 15 to 20 dollars each day.

And this is based off the assumption that the heroin is only 20 percent pure...



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