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Drug: Xanax (Alprazolam)


America has a drug problem and no one seems to be talking about it. These days there’s a pill for just about everything. Many party-goers occasionally take advantage of the plethora of offerings, in spite of risky side-effects. One of the more popular drugs used both recreationally and medicinally is Xanax (Alprazolam).


Alprazolam is commonly prescribed as an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication.  It was created in Michigan in the late 60’s by Upjohn Laboratories. They had hoped to create a superior sleep aid completely unaware of its true potential. It was quickly shown to not only be the most effective drug at the time but also the least toxic and was quickly given FDA approval. Of course to ensure there was a demand for their product (on the legal market of course) they funded studies with millions of dollars to prove that panic was a disease that required treatment. Since then its popularity has skyrocketed and it is prescribed all over the world.


This is one of the few drugs that doctors can prescribe with no legal limit.  Instead, the “recommended” amount is 5 mg a day. Some might offer,  just use “as needed”. This means that when performing tasks such as driving or operating machinery there is no legal limit unlike alcohol which is .08.

Since Xanax is one of the easiest prescription drugs to obtain it is the most used recreationally. It is sometimes used to combat the stimulant effects of psychedelic drugs to help people calm down from their high or fall asleep more easily. However it is mostly used to enhance the effects of other drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, or heroin.

Possession of Xanax without a prescription is considered a serious offense and results in jail time. A simple possession of one or two pills will only result in a misdemeanor charge and 1 year in county jail, while the maximum sentence is three years.

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For all its positive party effects Xanax comes with some nasty ones too. The most dangerous being becoming addicted, even for patients who simply use it medicinally. Others range from increased depression and suicidal thoughts, drowsiness, lack of coordination, uncontrolled muscle movements/seizures, yellowing of skin and eyes, blurred vision and memory problems, and chest pain.

Disclaimer: Turn up does condone the use of any prescription medication other than what it was prescribed for. 




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Hel Ya

Helen Yang ("Hel Ya", Writer) synthesizes Turn Up's creative energies into online form. She has partied in cities outside of New York from L.A. to Shanghai. Hel Ya currently resides in Queens, NY.

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