How Much Does Heroin Cost?

One of the biggest problems with heroin is that it is relatively easy to obtain and is less expensive than other dangerous, addictive drugs. Unlike cocaine, for example, heroin allows many individuals to maintain their addiction without destroying their personal finances in an attempt to support their habit.

The following information provides a basic overview of the cost of heroin and its many forms – as well as how loved ones can reach out and help those who have seen their lives thrown into chaos as a result of this destructive drug.

The Street Cost of Heroin

How much does heroin cost on the street? The price of heroin on the street depends upon a number of different factors – including the type of heroin in question, how available the drug is to the public at a given time and how the heroin is “cut” and processed:

  • The average cost of a single dose (0.1 g) of heroin purchased on the street has been reported as approximately $15 – $20 in the U.S. state of Ohio.[1]
  • The heroin price per gram depends upon its purity and the availability of the drug in the area at that given time.
  • Someone with a “hard-core” heroin habit may pay $150 – $200 per day in order to support his or her habit.

The reason for this last point has its roots in the nature of heroin addiction. As individuals become more dependent on the drug, they build tolerance to it – meaning that it takes more and more heroin to get high. This leads to an expensive habit – and the constant threat of overdose.

It should also be mentioned that, although we are discussing “street” cost of heroin, the drug is not only acquired literally on the streets but has also been increasingly acquired online as well.

The Hidden Cost of Heroin Abuse and Addiction

There is another way in which to look at heroin costs, and that is the “societal cost” brought about as a result of this drug’s presence in our cities and towns. The U.S. Government has estimated that the nation’s overall annual expenditure on heroin was roughly $27 billion dollars in 2010.[2]

Most of this tremendous figure is due to the price tag on treating medical conditions associated with IV heroin use – specifically, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Addicts turning to crime to buy their heroin fix is also a problem.

Help for Those with a Heroin Problem

If you or someone close to you is suffering from addiction to heroin, it is important that you reach out and help. Calling for a drug intervention is often the most effective way to get the addicted individual into a heroin rehab program.

In these meetings, the individual is “confronted” about the heroin addiction by friends and family members who are there to communicate just how serious the issue has become.


  1. T. Perdue, R. Sherba, B. Gersper, N. Martt. Drug Abuse Trends in the Cincinnati Region. Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network, June 2013. Web. 6 October 2015. <>
  2. B. Kilmer, S. Everingham, J. Caulkins, G. Midget, R. Pacula, P. Reuter, R. Burns, B. Han and R. Lunderg. What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs, 2000-2010: Technical Report. RAND Corporation, March 2014. Web. 6 October 2015. <>

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