Question about drug doses from foreign nurse

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by Pytheas Pytheas (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Geriatry. Has 20 years experience.

Hello. I'm a french nurse with 20 years experience currently working in Norway. I work in elderly care as a night shift. But, why I'm here now is because after watching Youtube videos about the homeless in USA (Invisible people, AML, etc.) I have questions about doses these people put in themselves. They say they need 7 to 12 "bags" a day, so what's in a "bag" anyway and how much of drugs is it?

 

GBC_Student, BSN, RN

Has 8 years experience. 149 Posts

It depends on what their drug of choice is. It's tough to say for sure, but the most common drugs of abuse I see in the population I work with are fentanyl, crystal meth, or crack cocaine. Prices vary depending on what it is and where they're buying it. I work in a safe injection site and people can easily use fentanyl 6 times in a day and we're not open 24 hours per day. A hit might cost you $10-$15 per hit in Canadian dollars. A bag might be one point, which is 0.1 grams. Heavier users can use 2-3 points at a time. Of course you can find people that use even higher doses.

If it's crack cocaine a person can use many times per day. It doesn't last that long so you could see a person buying crack 10 or more times per day. If they're shooting coke then you could easily do it 15 times a day or more. A baggy is likely a couple points and goes for about $10-20.

I don't see people using meth as frequently as fentanyl. However, meth tends to last longer than fentanyl and much longer than crack. A point of meth can run you anywhere from $5-$15 per hit. The thing with meth is you can stay awake for three or four days using which drives up how much a person spends.

All of these prices are about what these drugs cost in Toronto Canada. Obviously covid19 has changed drug prices because of supply fluctuations, but hopefully this gives you a rough idea about how much people spend and how much they might use.

SarahMaria

SarahMaria, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry, Forensics, Addictions. Has 10 years experience. 300 Posts

Typically, "bags" refers to heroin.  In my area of the U.S. they are about $10 each.