How Dangerous Is Xanax Abuse?
Xanax is classified as a benzodiazepine narcotic. The drug is prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks and is also used as a muscle relaxant. In 2000 the FDA stated that close to 5 million people in the United States reported having abused Xanax. Xanax remains one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the U.S.
Why Do People Abuse Xanax?
Xanax acts as a central nervous system depressant. The drug slows down the movement of chemicals in the brain. This in turn decreases abnormal excitement (anxiety). The drug’s side effects are similar to those of being drunk and impair both mental alertness and physical coordination. Many people are attracted to this, because they feel relaxed, sedated and experience a lack of inhibition.
Dangers of Xanax Abuse
The FDA limits physicians to prescribing Xanax for eight weeks of use only because of the drug’s highly addictive properties. Those abusing Xanax will build a tolerance for the drug while trying to achieve a high greater than the previous. Xanax abuse can quickly lead to a life controlling addiction or even a life ending overdose.
Xanax has a short half-life which means the drug’s effects can be felt quickly. People may resort to snorting or injecting Xanax to feel even stronger and faster effects. Addiction can occur after just two days of Xanax abuse. It becomes extremely difficult to quit taking the drug.
Side Effects of Xanax Abuse
An addiction to Xanax can be fatal especially when use is combined with alcohol or another drug. As a depressant, the drug impairs a person’s mental alertness and physical coordination which can not only put the user in danger but the people around them as well. In 2000 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported over 22,000 Xanax related emergency room visits. Xanax abuse results in a number of dangerous side effects for its users that may include the following:
- Respiratory depression
- Dizziness, lightheadedness
- Mental confusion
- Short-term memory loss
- Aggression, rage, hostility
- Suicidal thoughts
- Agitation, hyperactivity, mania, restlessness
While physical addiction and overdose are serious consequences of Xanax abuse, the drug can also be mentally and emotionally dangerous. Xanax abuse will consume the user until every thought and action is dedicated to obtaining and using the drug. A person addicted to Xanax begins to lose their true self. Their behavior and life is now controlled by the drug. This can cost a person valuable relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Xanax addiction will make a person unable to performing while at work or school and could result in termination or drop out. Many people abusing Xanax also find themselves in financial disarray due to the expense of maintaining an addiction.
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