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How Much Does Xanax Cost? (The Street Prices)

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How Much Does Xanax Cost?

The price of Xanax sold on the streets can range from $2 to $10 a pill, depending on its strength. In contrast, legally obtained Xanax is $5.56 per pill for the highest strength. In countries like Australia, expect to pay up to $20 per pill on the black market.

Since illicit Xanax is not regulated or inspected, it could contain dangerous additives like fentanyl. Fentanyl is a highly addictive opioid that increases your risk of overdose.

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How Much Does Xanax Cost on the Street?

According to stats on StreetRX, the price of Xanax differs by as much as $7 in some locations. These are the current street prices for Xanax in select U.S. cities:

  • Rochester, New York: Xanax 1 mg is $10.
  • San Antonio, Texas: Xanax 1 mg is $3.
  • Illinois (statewide): Xanax 0.25 mg is $3
  • Pensacola, Florida: Xanax 1 mg is $3 and $4.
  • Pensacola Station, Florida: 1 mg Xanax is $10.
  • Huntingburg, Indiana: Xanax 1 mg is $10.

To put this in perspective, legally prescribed Xanax costs $5.56 per 0.25 mg pill or up to 80% less with a drug discount card. The price depends heavily on your state and insurance coverage. In contrast, the Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection lists Xanax’s street value as $2 to $10 per pill, depending on the milligram. 

What Factors Can Impact the Price of Xanax?

Xanax, also known under the street names “zanies,” “z-bars,” and “footballs,” range in price, depending on location and demand. However, the street value of Xanax depends on several additional factors:

  • Contamination: Cheaper Xanax pills might be heavily contaminated and contain hydrocodone or synthetic additives to make them more addictive.
  • Popularity: Drug dealers know how addictive benzodiazepines like Xanax are and take advantage by inflating the street cost.
  • Supply: The lower the supply of Xanax, the more the price could climb. This depends solely on demand during the time of low supply. 
  • Location: Street Xanax is generally priced higher in larger cities or in areas with very few pharmacies. 

What Does Xanax Cost in Other Countries?

In the United Kingdom, the value of street Xanax varies wildly depending on the location. Currently, users pay anywhere from £0.35 to £5 for a Xanax pill. In London, a 0.5 mg pill goes for £5, while dealers in Eastbourne charge the same for a 1 mg pill. 

In Sydney, Australia, Xanax is the most overpriced, going for $20 AUS for a single 2mg pill. In contrast, the same pill is $1 AUD in New South Wales. These prices directly correlate to demand and population.  

What is the Trend for People Searching for Xanax?

Over the past five years, search terms like “street value of Xanax” and “Xanax prices” saw the most traffic from Texas, California, and Kansas. In Kansas, where these phrases were trending, people mainly wanted the generic version of Xanax – alprazolam. 

There wasn’t much interest in the prescription Xanax globally.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Does Xanax Look Like?

According to, genuine Xanax comes in four identifiable forms:

  • Xanax 2 (2 mg) — The first is a white rectangular pill with the word “XANAX” imprinted on the front and the number “2” engraved on the back.
  • Xanax 1.0 (1mg) — The second is a blue oval pill with “XANAX 1.0” imprinted on the front and a bar engraved down the back.
  • Xanax 0.5 (0.5mg) — The third is an orange oval pill with “XANAX 0.5” imprinted on the front and a bar engraved down the center of the back.
  • Xanax 0.25 (0.25mg) — The last is a white oval pill with the word “XANAX 0.25” imprinted on the front and a bar engraved down the back.

Fake Xanax may have no identifiable markings. However, according to the City of Portland, some fake Xanax pills look almost identical to the real ones.

Fake Xanax can contain opioids like Vicodin, fentanyl, and other synthetics such as U-4700. These additives are dangerous and could have lethal side effects.

Why Do People Purchase Xanax on the Streets?

Doctors prescribe Xanax to patients who suffer from anxiety or panic disorders. The active ingredient in Xanax – alprazolam – is a benzodiazepine. According to the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, Benzodiazepines (benzos) suppress the Central Nervous System, which evokes calm. When used as prescribed, benzodiazepines are highly effective in counteracting anxiety.

Xanax’s euphoric effect is desirable among people with unaddressed mental health conditions, such as depression or chronic stress. These individuals may purchase Xanax on the black market to self-medicate.

In addition, some doctors are reluctant to prescribe Xanax due to its shorter half-life. A shorter half-life has a higher potential for addiction, since the effect wears off in a shorter time. If physicians feel the risks outweigh the benefits, they might refuse to prescribe or renew Xanax prescriptions. This could cause a person to seek out Xanax illegally.

What is the Legal Status of Xanax?

Prescribed Xanax is legal in the United States if the prescription comes from a licensed medical professional.

However, possessing Xanax without a prescription is a crime. Depending on the state or county where you are caught with non-prescribed Xanax, you could face a misdemeanor or felony. According to Adams and Luca PA, unless prescribed by a doctor, possessing Xanax, or any benzo (benzodiazepine), is a third-degree felony in Florida.

You could also face charges for illegal possession if you have a legitimate prescription for Xanax and you:

  • Are caught with the pills in anything but the prescription bottle
  • Obtained Xanax by doctor shopping
  • Forged a prescription to get Xanax

Are you at risk of being arrested for obtaining Xanax illegally?

Reduce your risk by enrolling in rehab and addressing your addiction. Zinnia Health offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for Xanax abuse nationwide. To find out how we can help you, call us at (855) 430-9439 today. Let our experts help you get back on track.

How Much Xanax Do People Buy?

According to the National Institutes of Health, physicians may prescribe the brand-name drug Xanax in doses of 0.25 mg to 2 mg for emergencies. However, physicians often prescribe the same dose for 30 days to treat chronic anxiety or panic disorder.

Individuals who purchase Xanax on the street may buy a few pills or a whole bottle. Since the legal implication of carrying Xanax without a prescription is so high, most drug dealers only have a small quantity on them at a time.

How is Street Xanax Used?

On the streets, Xanax is sold in pill form. Some people take Xanax in this form, while others crush the pills, sniff the powder, or mix it with water to inject it.

Disclaimer: Unprescribed Xanax may contain more active ingredients than legal pills. Therefore, crushing the pills and mixing them with other substances increases the risk of an overdose. Using benzodiazepines with other addictive substances is called polysubstance use. A person who abuses a combination of addictive substances has polysubstance use disorder.

Can You Get Addicted to Xanax?

The alprazolam in Xanax is a benzodiazepine. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, benzodiazepines are depressants that produce sedation and hypnosis. They slow down the Central Nervous System, which results in a relaxed mood.

Benzodiazepines are addictive, and misusing them could lead to physical dependence, respiratory depression, coma, and death. Other examples of benzodiazepines are Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, and Diazepam. Mixing any combination of benzodiazepines can result in profound sedation.

Signs of Xanax bar dependence and Xanax addiction include:

  • An uncontrollable urge to use more
  • Requiring a higher dose to feel anything
  • Neglecting responsibilities to obtain Xanax
  • Difficulty quitting
  • Continual use after an adverse outcome

If you or a loved one are struggling with prescription drug abuse, seek help by contacting a Zinnia Health rehab center. Each year we help thousands of individuals achieve lasting sobriety through our evidence-backed programs and supervised detox. Contact our helpline at (855) 430-9439 to learn more.

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