What is Xanax?
A) Xanax is prescription tranquilizer which depresses the nervous system in a
way similar to alcohol.
How is Xanax used?
Xanax when abused is taken orally, chewed, crushed (then snorted like cocaine),
or crushed (then dissolved in water and injected like heroin).
What are the effects of Xanax addiction?
Xanax has depressant effects on brain areas that regulate wakefulness and alertness,
very similar in effect to alcohol and sedative barbiturates. They enhance the
action of receptors that inhibit central nervous system stimulation, and conversely,
inhibit the action of receptors that stimulate the nervous system. In other words,
if the nervous system were a car, these drugs help press down the brakes but make
it harder to press down on the gas.
or disconnected sensation
sleep and sleepiness
confusion and memory loss
What are the symptoms of withdrawal?
Essentially, withdrawal symptoms for the tranquilizers feel like the opposite
of the therapeutic effects. The short-acting benzodiazapines (Xanax, Halcion,
Restoril, Ativan, and Serax) can produce especially severe withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms, that are similar to those in alcohol withdrawal, include jittery, shaky
feelings and any of the following:
or disturbed sleep
What is Xanax addiction?
The tranquilizer, which was introduced in 1973, can become psychologically
and physically addictive if taken in high doses for longer than eight weeks. Therefore,
it should be - and usually is - prescribed as a temporary solution for people
with stress and anxiety disorders, doctors say.
But while addiction is Xanax's primary risk, there's another breed of abuser out
there. Like other pharmaceuticals such as OxyContin and Ritalin, Xanax has found
its way from pharmacies to drug dealers, and is being abused by young, healthy
people who want to get high. These club-hopping, twentysomething, casual ``Xannie
poppers'' are using the drug in combination with other stimulants, from booze
How offten is Xanax abused?
It is estimated that in 1999, 4 million people were currently using prescription
drugs non-medically. Nearly 5 million people have at one point taken Xanax or
a similar anti-anxiety medication for nonmedicinal reasons, according to a 2000
survey conducted by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Possession of a prescription drug without proof of a prescription is a felony.
than 22,000 Xanax-related emergency-room visits were reported in the United States
in 2000, up from 16,000 seven years before, according to the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration.
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