Young people use Xanax to self-medicate instead of getting treatment for a mental health condition. This offers temporary relief rather than a long-term solution for mental health management and therapy. People self-medicate as an immediate fix to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. There is a high risk of developing an addiction to Xanax or other benzodiazepines.
Xanax gives an immediate, calming effect that a person will get but eventually, he or she will need to take more of it to replicate the feeling and risk overdose. The combination of tolerance and dependence makes it hard to quit without medical treatment. Just like alcohol, benzodiazepines can cause blackouts. A person does not need to be addicted to experience a blackout.
When young people are under the influence of Xanax, they can engage in risky, spontaneous, and harmful behavior. It can result in stealing, causing accidents, and even rape. A blackout is anterograde amnesia, and prevents the brain from forming new memories. When a person has a blackout, the risk of it occurring again increases.
Xanax works quickly and is addictive and very effective. It has been publicized that rapper, Lil Peep died from taking six Xanax laced with fentanyl and it is reported that Prince died with extremely high levels of fentanyl in his system – a substance commonly found in fake Xan bars.
A fake Xan bar is a tablet that looks like Xanax but is actually a deadly combination of Xanax and fentanyl, a cheap synthetic opioid that is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine. Rather than risk the high possibility of an overdose or early death, young people need to get help for underlying mental health conditions with a professional who can offer treatment.
Mental health disorders are common and treatable. Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication, similar to Valium and Ativan and are prescribed for extremely stressful situations for people who suffer with severe anxiety. Drugs such as Xanax should only be taken as prescribed and monitored by a medical professional.
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