A Xanax overdose may have mental and physical symptoms like anxiety, loss of coordination and extreme sedation. Taking too much Xanax severely depresses the central nervous system, and can lead to a coma or death. Overdose from benzodiazepine drugs has been on the rise for the better part of two decades. Between 19 the number of these deaths more than quadrupled. In 2013, 30 percent of all overdose deaths in the United States were due to these drugs. Xanax is one of the most potent benzodiazepines on the market today. An overdose from Xanax can resemble severe alcohol intoxication. In the wake of Saturday’s news that Whitney Houston had been found dead in the bathtub of the Beverly Hilton hotel, the exact cause of her death remains a matter of speculation. Houston was reportedly found submerged under water, but whether she drowned because she was unconscious or she was already dead before she slipped under water, there still remains the question of which chemicals were involved in the process. Houston had battled publically with pills, alcohol, and cocaine in the past. There were prescription medications in her hotel room—reportedly including Xanax—and Houston was seen around Los Angeles visibly disheveled and erratic, sources say. Houston’s death would appear to be yet another cautionary tale in an escalating story line. In recent years, as the use of prescription medication has proliferated in the United States, so too have the abuse of and overdose from many of these substances. Prescription-drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the U.
Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional. 18, 2016 (Health Day News) -- While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In 2013, overdoses from these drugs, called benzodiazepines, accounted for 31 percent of the nearly 23,000 deaths from prescription drug overdoses in the United States, researchers said."As more benzodiazepines were prescribed, more people have died from overdoses involving these drugs," said study author Dr. Joanna Starrels, an associate professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City."In 2013, more than 5 percent of American adults filled prescriptions for benzodiazepines," she said. "And the overdose death rate increased more than four times from 1996 to 2013."This epidemic hasn't received the attention it deserves, Starrels added. "There's been a large public health response to the epidemic of prescription narcotics use and addiction and overdose, but there has not been much response to the increase in prescription benzodiazepine deaths," she said. The rate of deaths from benzodiazepines is still lower than deaths from narcotic overdoses, but these deaths often involve narcotics as well. As a general rule, alcohol should not be combined with any medication, but is especially true with Xanax. It can be dangerous to combine alcohol and Xanax because they are both central nervous system depressants; this means that they both slow the brain’s activity and thus cause greater effects, and therefore, more serious reactions. Xanax (alprazolam) is a type of benzodiazepine often prescribed for general anxiety disorder (GAD). Xanax was the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the US with 48,465,000 prescriptions in 2013, the latest year for which statistics are currently available. People develop a tolerance to benzodiazepines (‘benzos’) very quickly, which means they must take more and more of the drug to get the same effects. With so many prescriptions for the drug written across the country, it is no wonder then, that 60-70% of teens addicted to benzos or other prescription drugs name the family’s medicine cabinet as their source. From 2005 to 2011, emergency room visits involving Xanax more than doubled in the US from 57,415 cases to 123,744. Sadly, that is not too surprising considering the number of prescriptions written for the drug each year.
Jan 17, 2019. Benzodiazepines, widely used but addictive drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia, are contributing to a growing number of overdose deaths. In the treatment of an anxiety disorder, Xanax may be prescribed to be taken in. Deaths from benzodiazepine drugs spiked to near 8,000 overdose fatalities in.