Xanax is the brand name of the generic medication alprazolam, commonly prescribed for the treatment of generalized anxiety and panic disorder. It belongs to a class of medications known as benzodiazepines, which calm central nervous system activity and produce a sedative effect. Benzodiazepines like Xanax work by increasing the amount of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid, or γ-aminobutyric acid) present in the brain. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter; it works by reducing excitability and decreasing feelings of anxiousness and stress. Not only is Xanax one of the most frequently prescribed medications in the U.S. but it is also one of the most habit-forming. Over the course of the past several years rates of Xanax addiction and overdose have been skyrocketing throughout the country.
According to an article published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, benzodiazepines like Xanax have been involved in an increasing amount of overdose deaths. In 2019, 16 percent of all opioid overdose deaths also involved benzodiazepines. NIDA reports, “Between 1996 and 2013, the number of adults who filled a benzodiazepine prescription increased by 67%, from 8.1 million to 13.5 million.2 The quantity obtained also increased from 1.1 kg to 3.6 kg lorazepam-equivalents per 100,000 adults.”
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