Xanax is one of the most widely used drugs in United States which plays a major role in affecting the central nervous system of the human tah the other precribed medications. Xanax is a longer duration Benzodiazepine which is prescribed to treat insomnia in patients with daytime anxiety or patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Disorders.
Xanax is available in many forms, the two fast moving categories include:
Xanax bars: 2-mg white rectangular-shaped pills (nicknamed "bars," "coffins" or "french fries") a new "in" drug that is usually swallowed or crushed and snorted.
Tablets: 1-mg lavender-colored tablets referred to as "footballs" or "blues"
Given the millions of prescriptions written for Xanax, relatively few individuals increase their dose on their own initiative or engage in drug-seeking behavior. These individuals who do abuse often maintain their drug supply by getting prescriptions from several doctors, forging prescriptions, or buying diverted pharmaceutical products on the illicit market. Alprazolam and diazepam are the two most frequently encountered benzodiazepines on the illicit market.
Xanax bars are used recreationally in "Polydrug" combinations, meaning it is a component of a cocktail of drugs. Generally, young people abuse Xanax by:
Combining Xanax bars with alcohol or other depressants
Using Xanax bars to "come down" after a night of using uppers such as cocaine or heroin
While the misuse of Xanax bars to counter the effects of abusing other drugs is dangerous business, it's becoming more common among young people. No drug is abused more than Xanax.
Abuse is frequently associated with adolescents and young adults who take benzodiazepines to obtain a "high." This intoxicated state results in reduced inhibition and impaired judgment. Concurrent use of alcohol or other depressant with benzodiazepines can be life threatening. Abuse of benzodiazepines is particularly high among heroin and cocaine abusers. A large percentage of people entering treatment for narcotic or cocaine addiction also report abusing benzodiazepines.
Top selling drug
Xanax bars has become one of the top selling drugs in the United States. Around 30 million prescriptions for generic Xanax, are written each year. This amount of prescriptions has created over an $81 million dollar Xanax / Alprazolam industry.
Due to Xanax's (generic alprazolam) ability to quickly leave the blood stream, traditional drug tests cannot detect Xanax. Nearly 5 million people have at one point taken Xanax bars / pills or a similar anti-anxiety medication for non-medical reasons.