Xanax is a classification of drug that works by slowing the brain down and inhibiting the neurotransmitters that cause panic and anxiety, which in turn induces feelings of calm, euphoria and lowers inhibitions. In some cases, Xanax has even been used as a date-rape drug due to the effects of memory loss and loss of consciousness when used with alcohol. It should be noted that the potential fatal effects of Xanax are magnified when consumed with alcohol. Under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), Xanax is also what is known as a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.
This means that, due to the chemicals in its makeup and the effect it has on people, Xanax is a highly addictive drug with an extreme potential for abuse and overdose. In fact, to date Xanax has one of the highest abuse and addiction rates in the country, with the number of confirmed addictions steadfastly growing. This is especially prevalent in people who have taken the drug to assist in controlling anxiety and panic. They experience a cessation of these symptoms and find themselves unable to cope when their symptoms return, either because their bodies have become used to the drug or because their dosage was lowered.
Rather than taking the drug to control the symptoms of anxiety or panic, they begin to take Xanax for the panic associated with not having the drug itself. They self-medicate with a higher dosage to control the panic and anxiety, then higher, until their psychological and physical dependence on the drug turns it into an addiction.
Eventually, the people who initially went to the doctor simply to cope with their stress are now seeing several doctors at once and obtaining multiple prescriptions for Xanax because it takes several pills to feel what they consider normal.
The more of a tolerence these people build to Xanax, the more of the drug they must consume to function normally. Unbeknownst to them, they are changing the chemistry of their brain to the point at which it, literally, cannot properly function without the chemical additives of Xanax. Withdrawal at this point will likely cause seizures and convulsions that could potentially be life-threatening. Eventually, addicted as they are to Xanax, these people may seek to obtain the drug illegally, either off of the street or via one of the many internet sites that offer generic xanax no prescription.
Worse than these addicted patients are the figures showing that Xanax has gained increasing popularity as a street drug, not only because of the euphoria it causes but as a “come down” after a night of partying and of using amphetamines. Because of Xanax’s easy accessability, there has been a recent and marked rise in Xanax addictions from youth obtaining the drug via “street pushers”. Recent studies have shown more abuse of Xanax 1mg then of cocaine, heroine or methamphetamines. Unfortunately because of its extremely addictive qualities and the fact that they are using it illegally, these youth find themselves in the same boat as others, taking more and more in order to cope without ever even being aware that they have formed an addiction to the drug.