The tiny light blue tablets can have a big affect on patients who suffer from anxiety.
Xanax also known as Alprazolam is the 8th most prescribed drug in this country.
In Nevada alone 26,000,000 prescriptions were filled in one year for Alprazolam and the population here is only two-point-seven million people.
“It does take the edge off, it’s not long feeling. It lasts still in your system with metabolites up to 8 to 12 hours, so its still there. Its still there to interact with other things you are taking,” says Reno Psychiatrist Dr. Beth Klein.
Especially troubling if the patient mixes Alprazolam with alcohol.
The drug has a calming affect on the brain slowing its function--mix it with alcohol, breathing slows down and even stops.
The prescription drug is popular on the streets where users will combine it with illegal drugs.
The Centers for Disease Control reports an 89% increase in emergency room visits related to non-medical Alprazolam use in a four year period.
And because it prescription doesn’t mean it’s safer than any other kind of drug.
The CDC also reports, more people in the U.S die from prescription overdoses than street drugs.