Legendary singer Michael Jackson is said to have been taking Xanax. Just before his death, Michael is said to have taken 10 Xanax each night. This was less quantity than what he had been consuming each night, which was reported to have been 30-40 Xanax. Xanax is a popular drug that people abuse in Florida and indeed in the U.S. Xanax is used as an anti-anxiety medication and also as a relaxant.
In 1998, there were 22,400 people seeking treatment for benzodiazepines according to the Treatment Episode Data Set Report, and in 2011, that number shot to 60,200 people. That was a large increase. The addiction to Xanax usually takes some time as one develops tolerance to the drug, which makes them consume more and more each time. Therefore, many people take some time before realizing that they have a problem.
Xanax is not like most other drugs, as one may not show signs of being high. Other signs, however which are a sign of abuse are as follows:
- Double and blurred vision
- Memory problems
- Swollen feet and hands
- Upset stomach
- Slurred speech
- Dry throat or mouth
The Xanax pills are bar-shaped and are scored to make it easy for one to break it for smaller doses. They are usually white with the generic ones being yellow or green. More severe side effects of Xanax abuse manifest themselves when the dosages taken are higher.
- Thoughts on suicide or harming oneself
- Chest pain
- Muscle movements that are uncontrolled
- Lack of coordination
Xanax abuse results in negative effects on a person’s life. From strained relationships to missed workdays on account of illness, to weight loss, these are just some signs that should be the warning light that something is wrong. For users of Xanax, they may find that they cannot access the drug at some point and will commonly start consuming other drugs. The life of an addict will revolve around the use of the drug and they keep on thinking about when they will take it next. Since the drug is a depressant, the effects on the body have mostly to do with the mind functions. As such, the treatment should always involve an expert. With the number of teens accessing and abusing Xanax increasing, some action should be taken by authorities and the Florida community, and fast.
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