Drug type: Benzodiazepine

Is Xanax illegal in the UK?

Legal status: Xanax is a prescription drug that is used widely in the US. It is not prescribed by the NHS so is being obtained in the UK from dealers and over the internet.

What is Xanax? Where does it come from?

What is it?  Xanax is a benzodiazepine. This family of prescription drugs is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It is a depressive drug which means it has a “slowing down” effect on the central nervous system. They limit our breathing and heart rate as a result of the suppressed neurotransmitters, leaving the body ultra-vulnerable to other substances. Combining with other substances makes this a dangerous mix with potential fatal consequences.

Benzodiazepines are a particularly addictive type of drug.

The risks: 

We are seeing an emerging trend of young people using Xanax alongside other substances such as cannabis, cocaine, alcohol and MDMA across Essex. There has been a number of A&E referrals received by EYPDAS whereby young people have been admitted following accidental overdose of Xanax. In January 2017 a 20 year old male from Colchester died as a result of taking Xanax alongside MDMA and alcohol.

There have been numerous reports of young people requiring medical assistance following using Xanax so please be aware of the potential risks.

Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting and other symptoms.

If unsure or an overdose is suspected please call 999 for an ambulance immediately and follow advice.