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Xanax: Millions Take the Edge Off

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Prescription Drugs

Xanax: Millions Take the Edge Off

In this age of high anxiety, Xanax is a common solution.  According to CBS News , Xanax has become the Prozac of this decade, and its popularity comes with the price of addiction.

 In 2010, 46 million prescriptions for Xanax were written.  Lisa Miller, who wrote New York magazine’s cover story, “Xanax:A Love Story,” said that Xanax is a convenient solution for busy people, who suffer from “situational anxiety.”  She defines anxiety as being chronic worrying, about both the past and the future.  Miller said, “Americans love convenience.  We love quick fixes, and Xanax is part of that trend.  But it can also be extremely addicting.”

The drug is rarely dangerous when taken by itself.  It is when people mix it with other drugs and alcohol that Xanax can become deadly.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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