FEELING PILL What is Xanax, what are the drug’s effects and is it legal to buy in the UK?

The drug, which has the medical name alprazolam, is prescribed in the US to treat anxiety and panic attacks but is potentially addictive

16 February 2018 - 08:27

XANAX is a drug prescribed in the US to treat anxiety – however it can be dangerous if abused and mixed with other substances.

Let’s take a closer at the tranquiliser.

What is Xanax?

Xanax is a benzodiazepine tranquiliser which has calming effect on users and is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.

While it is branded as Xanax, the drug is actually called alprazolam and is potentially addictive.

The drug is part of the benzodiazepine group which also includes diazepam, which used to be marketed as Valium, and lorazepam.

Is Xanax available in the UK?

The drug is not available on the NHS but can be obtained on a prescription from a private doctor.

A BBC report in February, 2018, claimed that British children were able to find Xanax dealers on social media networks.

Drugs charity Addaction said that kids as young as 13 were buying Xanax and diazepam online.

Last May, up to 20 teenagers in Wiltshire needed medical treatment after abusing Xanax.

How did rapper Lil Peep die?

American pop star Lil Peep accidentally overdosed on Xanax and dangerous opioid Fentanyl while on his tour bus, a medical examiner’s report concluded in December.

The 21-year-old, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, was widely believed to have died following a drug overdose after being found dead in Arizona on November 15.

Lil Peep also tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, Tramadol and a number of other powerful prescription opiates, according to the toxicology report obtained by the New York Daily News.

The report, which was issued by the Pima County Medical Examiner, showed the young performer had no alcohol in his system.

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