Xanax: Addiction therapy is increasing in children

Xanax: Addiction therapy is increasing in children

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Xanax slows down brain function, but it can cause serious side effects

According to Public Health England, the number of children treated for narcotics addiction has doubled to over 300 in one year.

The drug Xanax and its copies were the biggest increase – from eight children treated in 2016-2017 to 53 in 2017/18.

Rescue services across the country have also reported a growing problem.

In 2017 and 1818, more than 15,500 children had help with substance abuse, 88% with cannabis.

The total number of patients treated was 5% lower than in the previous year.

What is Xanax?

Xanax is the brand name for the drug alprazolam, a benzodiazepine prescribed for anxiety or panic attacks. However, many of the pills taken by children are copies bought online without their strength being displayed or being falsified.

What are the effects of benzodiazepines?

The psychiatrist of the UK addiction treatment group, dr. Durrani says, "Benzos works by literally slowing down the functions of the brain and acting as a leveler in times of stress, over-excitement or anxiety.

"Serious side effects can occur, including confused words or even total failures.

"We're seeing more and more people admitting after becoming addicted to Benzos.

"In most cases, their abuse was due to the fact that the drug was used relaxing at parties and mixed with alcohol, which is a toxic combination."