Xanax Halted Because of Abuse

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Xanax Halted Because of Abuse

A community mental health center in Louisville, Kentucky has stopped writing new prescriptions for the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Used for its calming effect, Xanax has been the most popular anti-anxiety drug on the market to date. But this popularity doesn’t come without a backlash.

Ms. Mink works for Seven Counties Services which serves some 30,000 patients in the Louisville area and she describes Xanax as a “drain on our resources.”

She has been aware of this problem before and has noticed that Xanax has “funneled a great deal of our energy into pacifying, educating, and bumping heads with people over Xanax.”

But all this has come to an end with the Seven Counties’ new policy to first stop writing new prescriptions, and then to wean patients off it completely by the end of the year.

This is an unusual step to take, but for a state that has a widespread problem with prescription drug abuse for more than a decade, this could be the solution they’re desperate for.

Once thought of as an affliction that only burdened the wealthy, anxiety has become a condition that has crossed socioeconomic lines, with Alprazolam, Xanax’s generic, becoming the eighth most prescribed drug in the nation last year.

This decision to refuse Louisville patients access to the anti-anxiety drug has not come without criticism. Dr. Laurence H. Miller who is the head of the community’s committee for the American Psychiatric Association says that “there are some people who may have done very well on [Xanax}, are on a small dose and manage their lives on it, and that’s probably OK.”

Despite this criticism, the doctors at Seven Counties are holding their ground, arguing that there is a lot of literature that strongly suggests alternative ways to treat panic and anxiety disorders without medication.

But for patients, the decision to change treatments for their anxiety seems to have been made for them. Not only are they put at risk for not being able to treat their anxiety effectively, but they also run the risk of withdrawal.

Whether this will help the people in the Louisville area, only time can tell.

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