Amanda Lautieri is a Senior Content Editor at American Addiction Centers. She has more than 10 years of professional editing experience that includes working as a web editor for several major online publishers and editing medical content ranging from academic texts to online training and re-certification courses for emergency medical service responders. Xanax is likely the most popular drug in the benzodiazepine class. Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and sleep disorders by depressing the central nervous system. Though very effective, they can also be seriously addictive and are often abused recreationally. Xanax calms the nerves and produces a feeling of relaxation at standard doses, which come in pill form. If taken at high doses, especially if crushed and snorted or mixed into a solution for injection, it can create a euphoric high. All the studies I've seen use inmates, intravenous heroine users in supervised treatment, or other subject groups who have correlating high risk factors. Assuming the addict (my husband): 1) takes rx pain pills (of all types from a broad selection of MDs), 2) holds a job (some how), 3) does not engage in other criminal behavior, 4) takes meds to control high Blood Pressure(I think this may be because he doesn't use before seeing his MD and his readings show abnormally high during exams. Or, do opiates meds increase BP after years of abuse? ),5) he is in generally good health (aside from being drug addict), 6) He's 53 and, 7) he has been taking pain pills (and lots of them) for about 10 years. He stopped briefly while undergoing treatment for hep c. He's been using pretty heavy for about 5 years. I used to check up on him--sneak around, look for receipts--now I don't bother. I would say about 7 x 10mg vicodine & 5 10mg oxy daily, (wouldn't the Tylenol alone kill him?
WIll the proliferation of drugs like Xanax in America increase or decrease average life span? Sleeping Pills benzos and Z-drugs shorten life-span and a list of other adverse reactions April 13, 2010 By Monica Cassani I had put this article in a media madness post with lots of other articles.