Xanax is an anxiety and panic disorder drug that acts on the brain and nerves, eliciting a calming effect in an individual. However, it has now become a drug of choice for partygoers who profusely use the pill, without verifying its source. Looking at the immense risk from this, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently warned people not to use Xanax without a prescription, as getting it from unidentified sources can increase the probability of it being laced with fentanyl that eventually raises the risk of an overdose.
According to a Fox 11 survey, the market was inundated with counterfeit Xanax pills. These pills were laced with illicit opioid fentanyl that poses a great threat to life. In party parlance, these are referred to as ‘xans’ and ‘bars’. Marlon Whitfield from the Los Angeles division of the DEA said that a dose of fentanyl, even as small as three to five grains of table salt, could prove to be fatal for an adult. So when people take an entire pill, the chance of them losing their lives rises substantially.
Xanax popularized by hip-hop artists
The onus of popularizing Xanax and bringing it into the realm of partygoers goes to hip-hop musicians who have glorified its use. They are all over the social media, particularly Instagram, making online videos, selling Xanax and singing their praise, swaying people into its fold. “My son even asked me what’s molly Percocet, and he’s nine years old,” said Whitfield.
Xanax mixed with fentanyl may come with an enhanced effect, but it also increases the level of toxicity in the pills. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Although doctors prescribe it to treat pain, fentanyl mixed with Xanax or other drugs like heroin are often spurious. The prime purpose of selling Xanax or illicit fentanyl in the streets is to rake in profits, even if it jeopardizes the lives of people.
Several celebrities have succumbed to counterfeit Xanax
The menace of Xanax has not only affected ordinary citizens, but has ruined even many celebrities – many have succumbed after consuming illicit Xanax bought from the streets. In November 2017, rapper Lil Peep, due to perform in a show in Tucson, Arizona, was found dead that shocked one and all. The coroner later declared that he died from a lethal overdose of Xanax and fentanyl. Earlier, Lil Peep had posted several videos where he was seen popping Xanax like candy.
A popular DJ in the San Fernando Valley, DJ Bigglo, also has videos of him selling the anti-anxiety medication using social media, where he brags of having sold more than 400 bars to customers. His numerous videos portray him selling Xanax over the internet to prospective customers. Such videos lure young partygoers into trying Xanax who eventually get dependent on it.
One should pay heed to the DEA warnings and stay away from consuming illicit and street drugs. Xanax is addictive and has a high potential for abuse. Xanax abuse can lead to serious mental and physical side effects, including dizziness, blurred vision, irritability, fainting spells, tremors, coma, and in extreme cases, even death.
Dealing with Xanax addiction
One can quit addiction and gain sobriety by undergoing detox for Xanax addiction. If you have a loved one struggling with an addiction to Xanax, seek immediate help from a credible Xanax addiction treatment center.
Sovereign Health, a leading substance abuse treatment institute based out of San Clemente, offers comprehensive Xanax addiction treatment at many of its excellent facilities. For further information on our Xanax rehabs, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our addiction treatment experts.