Heroin, Oxycodone and Cocaine Are the Most Expensive Addictive Substances: Study

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A new study that looks at the long-term costs of addiction finds heroin, oxycodone and cocaine rank as the top three most expensive substances. Each addiction costs more than a million dollars to support over a 50-year period, CNBC reports.

The average five-year cost for using heroin 10 times a day is $318,500. For oxycodone (80 milligrams once a day), the five-year cost is $132,405. For cocaine (1 gram once a day) the five-year cost is $112,840.

The American Addiction Centers calculated that people who drink 10 beers a day will end up spending more than $14,000 over five years. People who smoke 10-19 cigarettes a day will spend an average of $5,000 over five years, while people who use marijuana twice a day will spend an average of $43,000 over five years.

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    December 15, 2018 at 7:27 PM

    These numbers seem much too oversimplified. Who assumes that the norm between heroin users is 10 times a day? And what even is the dose? How can you say smoking marijuana twice a day costs $x.xx? Because someone can smoke hugely different amounts at one time. That cost could be 20x that amount, 20x less that amount, or really any amount.

    I’m also not sure why the norm of oxycodone use is once a day…as perscribed, maybe, but it’s a 4-6 hr medicine, similar to heroin, and if someone has an addiction, they are having withdrawal after that time, but likely cravings before that time.

    Not considering things like these makes it hard to take any of this report as fact.

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