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The Xanax Threat

The most Commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication in the U.S., Xanax is prescribed about 50 million times a year. What are the risks associated with use and abuse of this Medication?

Why Prescribe Xanax

Most commonly used to treat anxiety and related disorders, Xanax was first introduced to the U.S. market in the early 1980s.

40 million Adults have some form of anxiety disorder, the most prevalent type of mental illness in the U.S.

Symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders

  • Sudden, unexplained episodes of fear
  • Heart palpitations
  • Mental anguish
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite

How it works

Xanax slows the chemical over-activity in the brain believed to be the cause of anxiety. It binds to gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain, releasing a calming effect into the central nervous system.

Effects begin between 8 and 25 minutes after taking the medication and start to wear off after bout 90 minutes

Use and Abuse

Among recreational drug users, Xanax is a preferred choice because it is easy to obtain. As with many other prescription medications, the effects of Xanax are magnified when the drug is taken with another substance, most commonly alcohol.

  • 15.7 million Adults and adolescents engage in recreational use of prescription drugs every year
  • 8 in 10 Recreational users of prescription drugs live in urban areas

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