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How Much Does Tramadol Cost? (The Street Prices)

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How Much Does Tramadol Cost?

Tramadol (tramadol HCL) is the generic name for the brand name prescription Ultram. This prescription painkiller is used to relieve moderate to severe chronic pain. Due to its classification as a schedule IV opioid analgesic, tramadol has a high abuse potential. The cost of tramadol at a pharmacy is generally affordable for those with insurance or discount prescription cards. However, tramadol pills are sold on the streets for as much as $10 or more per pill, depending on supply and demand.

Street tramadol remains a popular drug in most Western nations, where it’s typically found on the street in pill form. However, people may crush and snort the pills or inject a tramadol solution for faster results. This form of administration can be dangerous — it is also illegal.

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What Is the Street Value of Tramadol Per Pill?

The retail price for legally prescribed tramadol is $1 to $5 per pill, depending on the quantity, dosage, strength, location, and pharmacy. Those with Medicaid, Medicare, or a drug discount card can expect to pay up to 80% less.

Street tramadol may cost up to $10 per pill and, in some cases, more depending on demand. In Montana, expect to pay $50 for one 50 mg pill of tramadol, according to StreetRX, and up to $20 per 50 mg pill in Eastpointe, Michigan.

What Factors Can Impact the Price of Tramadol?

Since tramadol has a high risk for abuse, people often purchase tramadol multiple times. This could result in a price surge on the streets. The price of tramadol is also driven by supply, demand, and dosage.

What Is the Cost of Tramadol in Other Countries?

The street price of tramadol varies drastically depending on the location, even within the same country. However, due to relaxed regulations on tramadol in other countries, some people purchase them over the counter in local pharmacies.

North of the border in Canada, namely Ontario, black-market tramadol costs $2 for a single 50 mg pill.

According to StreetRX, the cost of tramadol in the United Kingdom ranges based on location. In Manchester, expect to pay £0.25 for a 300 mg pill and up to £10 for a 100 mg pill in London.

According to ITIJ, tramadol costs 500 pesos, or US $27, for six 100 mg tablets in Mexico. Tramadol is available over the counter in many cities throughout Mexico.

What Is the Trend for People Searching for Tramadol?

In the past 12 months, Google Trends spotted a 4,600% uptick in the query “Is tramadol a narcotic or not.” This interest is directly related to the topics “What is a Narco state” and “Narcos.” The majority of all tramadol-related searches came from Texas and California, respectively.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Does Tramadol Look Like?

Tramadol pills vary in size, shape, and color, depending on the dosage, brand, and formulation. Street tramadol closely resembles prescribed tramadol, although it may be counterfeit.

Counterfeit tramadol contains synthetic ingredients, including opioids like fentanyl. Purchasing tramadol on the streets increases your risk of coming in contact with fentanyl, which may result in an overdose with a small exposure.

What Is the Legal Status of Tramadol?

The prescription painkiller tramadol is an opioid analgesic. Opioid analgesics have a high potential for abuse and addiction, which is why they are controlled substances in the United States. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Controlled Substance Act, tramadol is a Schedule IV-controlled substance. Without a prescription, tramadol is illegal to possess.

You may face jail time and other penalties if you possess tramadol without a prescription, whether for personal use or distribution. You will also be jailed if you carry tramadol outside the prescription bottle or in any other form besides a prescribed tablet.

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What Makes Street Tramadol Dangerous?

Tramadol is prescribed in specific quantities and dosages related to the patient’s weight and condition. Without this information, you could be taking the wrong amount and risking an overdose.

Tramadol binds to receptors in the brain and the Central Nervous System. This action reduces your perception of pain. Tramadol, as prescribed, can be quite effective in relieving pain, but abusing it may result in adverse effects like profound sedation and slowed breathing. These side effects are life-threatening and require medical attention immediately.

People who purchase tramadol on the streets generally purchase more than one pill, increasing the risk of misuse and abuse. They are also more likely to use Vicodin, Percocet, buprenorphine, tramadol, and Oxycontin. Mixing tramadol with other prescription opioids (opiates) or prescription drugs from other classes could increase your risk of overdose.

How Is Street Tramadol Used?

Prescription tramadol comes in a pill form. Street tramadol also comes in a pill form, although individuals may not consume it orally.

Some users pound tramadol pills into powder before snorting them or mix them with liquid to inject the fluid for a more intense effect.

It is important to note that non-prescribed routes of administration increase the odds of serious bodily injury and deadly complications.

Getting Help for Tramadol Addiction

Misusing tramadol in any amount and for any duration can result in physical dependence and addiction. Using tramadol and other substances in the opioid family may increase this risk.

Tramadol’s changes in the brain can also lead to psychological dependence. Overcoming tramadol dependence is challenging, as quitting can trigger troubling withdrawal symptoms.

Rehabilitation centers like Zinnia Health offer personalized treatment programs and comprehensive therapies to help you regain control over your addiction.

If you or someone you know struggles with tramadol addiction, getting help is crucial. Contact a Zinnia Health treatment facility at (855) 430-9439 to learn about our compassionate approach to care and evidence-based programs. We offer medication-assisted detox and programs like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to tackle substance use disorder at every level.

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