Do you have Xanax in your cabinet?

The Halton Police have increasingly been receiving reports of people, including youths, recreationally using Xanax.  The Halton Police have also noted an increased number of emergency calls involving the misuse of Xanax.

Xanax is the trade name for alprazolam which is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepine is a Schedule IV substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. It is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.  Alprazolam is a central nervous system depressant.

Side effects include drowsiness, slurred speech, fatigue, suicidal thoughts, memory loss, dry mouth, and loss of balance.  Overdose symptoms include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, impaired motor functions, feeling light-headed, etc. Coma and death are possible if alprazolam is combined with other substances.

Click HERE to view a video posted on social media of youths claiming to be under the influence of Xanax.

It should not be used if you are pregnant or have narrow-angle glaucoma. Larger-than-normal doses can cause significant deterioration in alertness and an increased feeling of drowsiness.  Alprazolam may be habit-forming that could lead to addiction, overdose, or death.

Slang Terms:  Bars, Xanies, Benzos, downers, footballs, planks, poles, blues.

Anyone with information related to the misuse of alprazolam are encourage to contact the Halton Police Drug Unit or Crime Stoppers.