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Woman gives birth in public bathroom while high on Xanax

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OHIO - December 3, 2018

A woman in Ohio gave birth to a baby in a bathroom in a Burger King on August 3 while heavily drugged. Elizabeth Sanders later admitted that she did not understand what was happening.

"I kind of remember having like an urge to go to the bathroom, you know, and then that was it."

The baby's father was present and also high on Xanax and heroin that day. He was found nearby, passed out in his car.

"We both had no heartbeat," Sanders said.

She added she has been fighting addiction since she was 20 years old, and tried to get help when she was pregnant.

Sanders is now in recovery and hopes to get her baby back soon.

Xanax 

The effect of Alprazolam, sold under the trade name Xanax, among others, is a short-acting benzodiazepine -- a minor tranquilizer widely known throughout the world. The drug is very popular in America.

Stories about the epidemic of opioid drugs in the United States are now commonplace. More than a hundred people die from an overdose of heroin, fentanyl, and similar substances in the US every day. Talking about the mass addiction to the antidepressant Xanax, millions of Americans are forced to live in a frenzied rhythm, and for many of them, Alprazolam helps to gather strength and calm down.

"He rips me out of the dark bubble of my anxiety and raises me to the cloud. From there, I can look down on everything and not sweat it. I'm calm and collected. And it helps to sleep, and I'm grateful to him," Reddit user wizardswrath00 says of Xanax.

"Anxiety is a real bitch. Euphoria comes when you realize you're no longer in its power. Xanax drives it away, and you can feel yourself at the helm again. It will soothe you that you can fall asleep just when you want to. Are you kidding me? No more staring at the ceiling until 3:30 in the morning when your mind can't calm down and you're sick of your own thoughts. If you're afraid to make contact with other people, Xanax will help too," says another user.

A medical encyclopedia explains: The antidepressant Xanax, thanks to the active ingredient Alprazolam, allows the user to almost instantly relax, relieve tension, and suppress feelings of fear and anxiety. A small pill can be quickly consumed at the end of the day and you instantly forget about your strict boss and the endless reports.

More than 5% of the population in the US uses Xanax toda--it’s among the most frequently prescribed drugs in the country.

The pills do work but have a number of unpleasant side effects. First, addiction to Xanax develops very quickly -- to achieve a relaxing effect the body needs more alprazolam. Second, it reduces breathing and heart rate -- and if taken with opioid drugs (such as heroin or fentanyl), the probability of death increases dramatically. About a third of all Xanax-related deaths were due to co-administration with opioids.

In addition, unlike many other substances that simply disconnect the body from work during an overdose, benzodiazepines act differently: They erase the memory. People on Xanax can spend hours wandering the streets, attacking people, committing robberies, and getting in car accidents. Someone in such a state can easily become a victim of fraud and rape.

Xanax is also known for a monstrous withdrawal syndrome after a long-term overdose.

"I had visual hallucinations, I felt crazy, it's a constant bad trip. I heard a loud bang in my head, saw a bright flash, the body jerked sharply. It's like a flash-bang shell went off in my head. Fucking scary," one Reddit user said, sharing his experience.

"Hey, dude, that sounds tough. I sometimes have flashes in my head in my sleep, my body twitches so much that I either bite my tongue or kick the cat so that he flies out of bed... and that's four years later. This is not a joke, " another user replied, admitting that now, because of the addiction, he cannot sleep without sleeping pills.

Xanax is fashionable today

The image of Xanax pills is well known in drug culture, after rapper Lil Pump cut a tablet for his million Instagram followers. We know how his life ended.

He talked about his love of antidepressants and the seemingly "pure" rapper Drake who visited iLoveMakonnen and boasted of using drugs.

Xanax gave rise to a whole genre of “SoundCloud Rap,” so-called because of its popularity among “relaxed” musicians who upload their creations to SoundCloud. The authors, writing in this style, discuss depression and painkillers under the musical roar.

There is also jewelry in the form of Xanax pills on the popular Etsy website: earrings, pendants, rings, and bracelets.

Stress culture

However, the main victims of antidepressants are not Hollywood stars, but ordinary Americans. "Anxiety helps me cope better with my responsibilities. A little anxiety makes me a good worker, if a little less happy. I am afraid that I would be lazy if I was not in constant fear that I would become a loser or that I would be fired," said one New York Magazine journalist.

Everything is easy with Xanax: If you’re worried, take a pill and calm down. Xanax has become comparable to a cup of coffee and costs about the same.

Interestingly, the passion for antidepressants often occurs in Americans who eat organic food, run in the morning, try vegetarianism, and even refuse to vaccinate their children in a fit of madness.

Doctors are, of course, happy to prescribe increased doses of alprazolam to patients. More than 5% of the adult population takes the drug today--more than 16 million people.

From 10 to 25% of this number are addicted and cannot stop taking the drug. Withdrawal causes terrible panic attacks. The statistics are also not encouraging: Between 1996 and 2013, the number of prescriptions issued increased by 30% and the volume of prescriptions doubled.

According to US authorities, in 2015 more than 9,000 people died from an overdose of benzodiazepines -- that is, 24 people a day.

Experts such as University of Nevada psychologist Stephen Hayes are increasingly turning to a new method of "therapy of acceptance." They believe that instead of suppressing anxiety, one should accept it, not allowing it to take control of emotions, and move on.

Suppressing even the beginnings of anxiety with endless Xanax pills, a person risks joining the ranks of those who will enter the daily mournful list of 24 interrupted lives.

Author: USA Really