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Website Tracks Black-market Prescription Drug Prices

  1. ZenobiaSky
    [IMGL=WHITE]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=2192&pictureid=18437 [/IMGL] Four dollars for five Vicodin pills is a deal in Mansfield; two-and-a-half pills for the same price is a rip-off in Zanesville, according to a website that tracks black market prescription drug prices for research.

    Nabarun Dasgupta, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, started the website, StreetRx.com, in November 2010 to crowd source prescription drug prices.

    Dasgupta said he worked with law enforcement to make sure the website’s not a tool for criminals, he said.

    “People who sell and buy drugs know prices,” said John Burke, president of the Ohio Task Force Commanders Association. “I doubt they are going to a website.”

    The site, which had more than 2,000 submissions its first year, allows users from police officers to criminals to input the name of the drug purchased, where it was bought and the price. Another feature allows people to rate whether they got a good deal.

    The ratings have two purposes: to increase user engagement and to exclude overly positive or negative ratings as outliers in research, Dasgupta said.

    The website is one of several tools used by the Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Services system to track prescription drug usage for pharmaceutical companies and others who subscribe. The system was presented at a recent Ohio Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Task Force meeting as a possible investment in drug tracking.

    Dasgupta said he’s confident in the accuracy of StreetRx.com prices because they reflect prices reported on underground traffickers’ websites and law enforcement surveys.

    “We think it’s pretty consistent with what we see,” Burke said.

    Prescription drugs prices are different than other street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, because sellers can control the purity. That means Percocet pills in Los Angeles don’t cost much more than Percocet pills in Chillicothe.

    Because prices are relatively constant, any shift may indicate a change in supply or demand, which is important information for law enforcement, Burke said.

    “I think it’s been an effective tool,” he said.

    MarrionStar.com December 25, 2012


  1. Rob Cypher
    LOL, I'm not sure how to follow-up on this thread without violating 'price discussion' guidelines myself. Interesting website, nonetheless.
  2. ZenobiaSky
    I must say I was a bit curious after reading this article on how people wouldn't self incriminate themselves. The web site claims "All submissions are anonymous. StreetRx is not affiliated with any government or law enforcement agency." Somehow, I have a hard time believing that. I must say though it was nice to see that what certain things go for around here are about the same prices elsewhere.

    Another thought, wouldn't this give people wanting to sell prescription drugs an idea of what to charge?
  3. Rob Cypher
    Well, it seems to be giving the average prices properly, at least for my region in the states (which I'm not sure if I should name, if only because it might invoke price discussion at some level).
  4. Basoodler
    Haha those cities listed are very familiar to me.

    For the record a pill in chillicothe is probably less expensive than a pill in L.A. due to the pain clinic saturation in that area. In chillicothe the pharmacies have to "black list " doctors because there are two major pipelines running into town.

    #1 is route 35 from western WV, wheeling. Where pain clinics open in small towns between chillicothe and wheeling. That area is nothing but wilderness and mountains (foothills). Jackson Ohio sits about 25 miles from the WV border..it is a very small town that holds a very interesting title. " most unsolved murders in the entire country ". http://m.jacksoncountydaily.com/connect/article_f510429a-33cf-11e1-b23f-cf6ee8736400.html
    Jackson is a hub for all drugs.. heroin, meth ecstasy.. you name it and its available.

    Jackson's Kroger store has the most extensive black list you will ever see.. they had around a year ago a list of 20+ doctors they refuse to fill scripts from. The sudaphed purchase list is actually monitored by the police force actively.

    #2 route 23 runs right down the center of the state into KY.. this highway has more pain clinics than you can count. At one point the top 4 pharmacies for opiate scripts in the nation were. Chillicothe Ohio, Waverley Ohio and two in Portsmouth.

    Both pipelines lead to Columbus, Detroit, Indy , Cleveland Toledo ect.

    Its an interesting area.. I need to do a write up about it. There was a spell of about a week that I saw personally a mobile meth lab bust each day getting busted on route 35 while driving to work. Passing a gang of police with guns drawn was actually a common occurrence lol

    Even passed my cousin getting popped.. she was making meth to buy heroin.. doing a shake n bake while riding down the highway.. she was so bad off with hep C and absesses she spent a month in the hospital. The main dealer she worked for literally had people camped at the hospital to make sure she didn't rat.. they harassed family members to the point we had to get a restraining order

    (Sorry for going off topic.. Chillicothe mention brought back memories and I had to share.. prolly deserve neg rep lol)
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