Xanax, generically known as alprazolam, is one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs in this country. As prescriptions for this highly addictive drug rise, the rates of abuse, addiction and dependence increase as well. As many have discovered, Xanax is highly addictive.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine in the sedative-hypnotic class of drugs. It is generally prescribed to treat panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, some forms of generalized anxiety or social anxiety disorder and some phobias. Xanax is also prescribed for difficulty falling asleep. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants, and like alcohol, work to slow down the brain’s activity as well as block the “alarm system”, which is responsible for excessive levels of anxiety.
Although Xanax may be prescribed legally by a physician, abuse and dependence can occur. For many it is a highly addictive drug.
The crushing and snorting of Xanax has recently become more widespread, making the dangers of this …