Dr. Owen Bowden-Jones opened a free clinic in London in order to reach teens addicted to Xanax and other prescriptions, but he was surprised to see the level of adult interest in freeing themselves from a particular kind of addictive drug abuse. Turns out that while teens tend to use Xanax and other prescriptives for recreational use, the trend with his adult patients is to address symptoms like stress, trauma and anxiety through self-diagnosis and self-medication. Either way, Bowden-Jones points out, the patients underestimate the dangers of these pills that can be bought online.

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A pioneering clinic set up to help teenagers addicted to Xanax and other prescription drugs is being sought out by adults who use pills purchased illicitly on the internet.

At the beginning of the year Dr Owen Bowden-Jones opened the Addiction to Online Medicine (Atom) service in London, a free, easy-to-access NHS clinic run by Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust that offers one-to-one meetings and group mindfulness sessions.

The clinic, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, was established in response to the growing problem of teenagers addicted to prescription drugs, particularly Xanax, bought illegally on the web.

What has surprised Bowden-Jones is that a third of current referrals are over 20. “When we established the clinic we were at the peak in terms of interest in Xanax and we were seeing a lot of young people using it,” he says. Click Here to Continue Reading

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