Xanax is a prescription anti-anxiety drug. But it has been sold over the social media and the most worrying thing is plenty of teenagers are the customers who used to buy Xanax through social media illegally, it has been found in the BBC investigation.
Xanax is mostly prescribed in the US for treating anxiety but it can be procured only under a private prescription in the United Kingdom. Drugs Charity has said that most of the children as young as 13 years had bought Xanax online. Though, the home office has said that they are taking a necessary action regarding this issues. Already Instagram and Facebook have prohibited any buying or selling of drugs on their sites.
But, BBC of South East has reported that they these drugs are being advertised on Instagram and Facebook and most of the drugs that bought online were Xanax and Diazepam.
Not only in the UK, in the United States also, the growing number of children using anti-anxiety drug Xanax has been increased as they used it to self – medicate for their mental health problems. This tranquilizer is 20 times stronger than Valium.
A teenager from Kent, UK has confessed to the reporter on the use of Xanax that he bought it from the Social media. He also added that it is possible to find the drug dealers on the Instagram. “All you have to do is to find a page from where you can reach for the Xanax sale, it is mostly based on the picture or whatever,” Says he.
This young teenager is a GCSE student who previously used drugs such as MDMA, Cocaine, and Xanax just by connecting with the dealers on the social media. During the investigation, he says “while trying to contact a dealer on social media, they will direct you to some applications where you will not be traced and they are safer to use for purchasing.”
It has been reported in the last year up to 20 Wiltshire teenagers has been admitted to the hospitals after using Xanax drug. In the Sussex, most of the young people too admitted for the treatment due to the taking of Xanax.
Jonathan Ashworth, secretary of Shadow Health has said that few people who are using Xanax drugs will be able to deal with the anxiety problem while the other few teenagers who are being exploited by drugs dealers to take Xanax have been experiencing “Zombie-life” effects.
The celebrity was definitely not the exception here. It is a sad truth that 21-year-old Rapper Lil Peep died due to an accidental overdose of Xanax last year. Most of the celebrities use Xanax to treat their anxiety. Lil Peep took Xanax along with the painkiller Fentanyl which is formerly prescribed in the U.S.
A Member of London Parliament, Mr. Bambos Charalambous said that it is still unknown about the use of Xanax in the country, a call for an awareness campaign, and for the supporting customer services. Nick Hickmott of the Drug Charity has said, “Taking Xanax for anxiety has become a part of the Youth Culture now.”
A Spokesman for Pfizer, an America’s most popular pharmaceutical company who manufactures Xanax has said, “We came to know that there is a rise of many counterfeit Xanax online, hence we are alarmed to track the available of Xanax on the internet and Dark web.”
When this issue has raised the law enforcement on the social media, on this time, the spokesmen from the both Instagram and Facebook says “Both buying and selling of drugs are strictly prohibited and such accounts had been removed.”
Not only blaming on social media is enough, it is just to keep supervising our children and teens who are feeling lonely and staying reserved must be taken a good care.