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New OxyContin® Has Lower Street Price Than Old Crushable Formulation
Date:11/15/2011

vent. Black market street prices can tell us that story ahead of time."

The Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS®) System (www.radars.org) is a surveillance system run by Denver Health for measuring rates of abuse, misuse and diversion throughout the United States, contributing to the understanding of trends and aiding the development of effective interventions. StreetRx.com and Drug Diversion Program are components of the RADARS System. The Drug Diversion Program is composed of hundreds of prescription drug diversion investigators or regulatory agencies who are surveyed quarterly and asked to report street prices for prescription drugs. The study is conducted by Dr. Hilary Surratt of Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. StreetRx.com is a website that assembles and organizes online crowd sourced information about the black-market price of prescription drugs. The street market for prescription medications—such as Vicodin®, Adderall®, and fentanyl—comprises a vast underground economy that is little studied and poorly understood. Launched by public-health researchers at Epidemico, Boston, Massachusetts, StreetRx closes this knowledge gap, providing an extensive, searchable database of the latest street price data.

In the analysis, data collected during the first six months of 2011 from StreetRx.com and Drug Diversion were compared. The small difference between the price estimates was expected, as individual drug users have a stronger self-interest to bargain for lower prices than undercover law enforcement agents who are trying to make a buy.

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