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Doctors treat more and more children from addiction to xanax

The number of children in need of treatment depending on the medication category of antipsychotics for the year increased two times. Most often, these children use drugs like xanax.

The number of children and adolescents up to 18 years in need of treatment from hypnotics and antipsychotics, in the last year increased twice. If in 2016 in England and Wales was recorded only 161 cases of dependence on benzodiazepines in this age group, in 2017 and 2018 already 315, representing an increase of 96%. But the number of children and adolescents who are addicted to xanax (a powerful kind of antipsychotic drugs) increased over the same period, five times. The experts say that this statistic is merely the tip of the iceberg, as many children have a dependency on xanax, but do not receive any treatment.

Note that this medicine is more than 200 times more powerful than valium, which was previously treated with different anxiety disorders. Health Agency Public Health England annually collects statistics on children and adolescents that need medical help when dealing with different kinds of unhealthy dependencies on alcohol, drugs and medicines. However, for the first time in the history of this list gets incorrect use of benzodiazepines. This category includes drugs like diazepam used as a short-term treatment of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, various nervous seizures, and insomnia.

While xanax is not funded from the budget of the health insurance Fund, but can be purchased for their own money for prescriptions from private clinics or buy online. Easy access to such drugs on the black market leads to an increase in the number of cases of misuse and over-use it, as experts warn. Comes to the fact that children under the age of 11 years are already in need of treatment of xanax addiction, which they acquire through social networks. (READ MORE)