Partygoers Now Taking Fake Xanax for Fun

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Nearly three years ago, fake Xanax reared its head and caused devastation in multiple areas of the country—especially in Florida.

Xanax, otherwise known as “xans” or “bars”, has increased in popularity with this new generation of millennials who crave the memory-erasing and mind-numbing highs from prescriptions drugs.

Pop icons like “Lil’ Xan” and “Lil’ Peep” frequently glorify getting “xannied out” in their song lyrics. Life sometimes imitates art and now there’s a whole generation of over-medicated 20-somethings who just can’t seem to get enough of the prescribed tranquilizer.

Fake Xanax came on the scene almost 3 years ago and actually killed a bunch of people. The fake Xanax that was going around looked almost identical to real Xanax, except it was made with lethal doses of fentanyl.

If you were buying Xanax on the street, there was a chance you weren’t getting what you paid for. It takes such a minuscule amount of fentanyl to cause a fatal overdose that the thought of drug dealers pressing their own counterfeit Xanax pills and throwing fentanyl in it willy-nilly is unsettling, to say the least.

In 2017 Lil Peep died from a mixture of Xanax and fentanyl. Lil Xan has supposedly gone to rehab to handle his drug problem and addicts around the country are still electively buying Xanax off the streets, not knowing if they’re going to get something other than what they wanted.

John Clark, a chief security officer for Pfizer, the makers of Xanax, said while watching videos of Lil Peep, “Almost 100 percent of what’s being sold out there is counterfeit. They’re putting whatever they want into it, fentanyl, boric acid, whatever ingredients are available they’ll put into it and sell it as Xanax, if the intent is to kill kids then they’re doing a good job of it.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public that they should only take Xanax with a prescription from a doctor because otherwise, they’re putting themselves at an unnecessary risk of fatally overdosing on fentanyl.

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If a person finds themselves needing to score Xanax on the street, that should be the first indicator of a huge problem.

People who aren’t addicted to Xanax don’t go buying the drug on street corners or stealing it from friends or from family medicine cabinets.

People who do that and engage in that type of behavior are generally dealing with addiction, plain and simple. And the answer is not to then go get a legitimate prescription from a doctor. On the contrary, they should be going into a medical detox and treatment center to handle whatever is driving them to abuse prescriptions drugs.

More addicts than ever before are falling victim to fatal overdoses involving prescription drugs. The problem seems to be ever-growing and we’re at the point now where you can’t even trust the pills you’re buying on the street because the Xanax and “blues” you just bought may be deadly imposters.

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Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.