We all talk about the cost of living here in the North Country: Gas is expensive, real estate is relatively cheap, and so forth. But what about the price of street drugs? In his series “Life in a Northern Town”, Watertown Daily Times reporter Daniel Flatley this week has addressed that very question.
The answer is kind of fascinating: Turns out heroin is the drug of choice in Jefferson County, with a cost of about $100-$120 per bundle of 10 postage stamp-sized bags (that price is down from last year); crack is much more expensive here than downstate; and pot users are paying a premium price up here at $200-$250 per ounce. Meanwhile, meth is fairly hard to find, Flatley reports, because it’s mostly cooked in small batches and sold privately.
There’s a lot more detail in the article. It’s really interesting if this is your sort of thing.