It’s not news that Xanax abuse has become an issue in the United States. Xanax use has been on the rise for a few years now, but you may be surprised by the amount of trouble that it has been causing. In just one year 60,000 people were hospitalized as a direct result of Xanax abuse.
- On average, studies have found that the average person that abuses Xanax consumes more than 20 times the maximum prescribed dosage. Xanax can be dangerous even when taken as prescribed, and the people that are consuming these massive amounts of Xanax are putting themselves in grave danger.
- The rate at which Xanax has been prescribed has increased by 9% each year. This is likely due to addicts figuring out what to say to doctors to get a prescription. Those that are addicted to drugs such as Xanax often resort to lying and manipulation to score the pills to feed their habit.
- It has been found that 33% of people that have abused Xanax in the long term have experienced the onset of symptoms that mimic those of clinical depression. Even those that did not experience symptoms of depression prior to beginning to abuse Xanax reported being affected by this.
- Over 10% of people aged 18-25 were found to have abused Xanax in the past year. This is the highest the abuse rate has ever been in this age group when it comes to abusing benzodiazepines and tranquilizers.
- Half of all Xanax related hospitalizations do not involve any other substances. There are a lot of myths out there that suggest that Xanax is safe to use on its own, and only dangerous when mixed with other substances. This statistic shows how invalid that myth is, and proves that Xanax is indeed dangerous on its own.
- Over one million people abused Xanax in just one month in the United States. Abuse is considered to be any use that is non-medical, and any use of the drug when it is not prescribed.
- The statistics above prove that Xanax use is growing into more of a problem than it has ever been in the past. This is why the Xanax Abuse Recovery Center of Pueblo, Colorado is working harder than ever before to educate the citizens of Pueblo about the dangers of Xanax. It is why we have been putting more time and energy into our outreach programs.