Teenagers are one of the most likely demographics to abuse Xanax. Teenagers are under a lot of stress and often resort to self-medicating in order to gain relief from the stresses of day to day life.
Teenagers are more likely to self-medicate than adults because they often are not able to advocate for themselves when they need professional help with issues relating to anxiety and stress.
It is often easy for teenagers to get their hands on Xanax due to how often this drug is prescribed. Xanax is found in homes all across the country. It Is estimated that nearly 1 out of 5 teenagers has a family member in their household that is prescribed a benzodiazepine such as Xanax.
Most teenagers that abuse Xanax sneak the pills from family members and then escalate to buying the pills from drug dealers. This comes with a lot of dangers.
Many of the pills sold on the black market are counterfeit and may contain dangerous fillers and incorrect, unevenly dispersed amounts of the drug throughout the pill. It is estimated that close to 10 percent of teenagers abuse Xanax. Teenagers abuse Xanax at double the rate of adults.
Xanax is manufactured in a few different doses. Teenagers rarely refer to Xanax by its actual name and often refer to it with nicknames such as “Zannies,” “Bars,” or “Blue Footballs,” depending on the dosage and shape of the Xanax pill they have acquired.
It is important to note that nearly one-third of Teenage overdose deaths have involved the use of a benzodiazepine such as Xanax.
Even if Xanax does not lead to an overdose, it can still have serious implications in the life of a teenager such as poor school performance, poor decision-making skills and increased risk of becoming addicted to other substances.