“Instead I woke up in the middle of the night and had no idea what I had been doing for the past five hours.The next morning my friends told me they didn’t know where I was all night and neither did I.” Lately, however, Xanax is not only making its way into the hands of students on the weekend, but it’s also coming with them to school.These cases of denial not only hurt the addict, but also put a serious strain on their family dynamics.“Everyone besides [my brother] knew he had a problem,” junior Megan Jones* said.Once it’s reached a more intense level, the user begins to feel dizzy and usually common activities, like buttoning a shirt and saying their own name, become difficult tasks. “Maybe the most important thing of all is, if you take it every day for a couple of months, you become physically dependent on it and you have withdrawal if you suddenly stop it,” Broaddus said.
The danger comes into play when these students are unaware of the potential consequences.“It’s a fast-acting high and rapidly metabolized out of the body,” Broaddus said.“The high disappears really fast, and [the users] want another one so they take it again. Sometimes they forget they took the first one, so they take another one; now they have ingested two even though they don’t feel high. Taking more and more in a short period of time can be lethal.” Mixing drugs with alcohol is dangerous in any case, but it is known to be especially dangerous with Xanax.“I will never touch the drug again in my life, and it made me become more responsible with drinking and doing drugs.There’s a fine line between having fun and wasting away your life.” While some may come to terms with their problem, others have found this much harder to do.’ I knew, but didn’t fully realize, I wouldn’t have a memory of that night.” Like many people in her circumstance, this user was unaware of the danger surrounding the drug.The idea of addiction, withdrawal or even overdose never crossed her mind.“Within 10 or 15 minutes you’re soaring into the euphoric high, or low for some. If you’re talking to them or observing them, they look drunk — they’re slurring words, their eyes are closed and their head is drooping. They just slow way down Sometimes, they’ll even fall asleep.A lot of people are known to just fall over.” The drunken feeling associated with Xanax is unlike actual alcohol intoxication in that it wears off rapidly and impairs memory as well.“I didn’t know it was really dangerous just because it’s so common,” Laura said. If you didn’t abuse it, it wouldn’t be bad.” After waking up with no idea what had happened the previous night, she changed her mind. “It’s pointless.” Although the only consequence for her was loss of memory, things could have been drastically worse."The first time I did it, I was expecting a good time,” senior Molly Doe* said.