Alprazolam, brand name Xanax, is a benzodiazepine drug. “Benzos” are used to treat seizures, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, and other health conditions.
However, Xanax is often misused for its calming effects. Misuse of a prescription drug is any use other than as prescribed by a doctor.
Because Xanax is highly addictive, misuse may result in addiction. People experiencing Xanax abuse may resort to buying the substance on the black market.
The street cost of Xanax may fluctuate based on many factors, such as the dose size, the quality of the drug, and the quantity.
If you or a loved one is experiencing Xanax addiction, healthcare providers at addiction treatment centers can help.
How Much Xanax Costs On The Street
Xanax is typically sold in pill or bar form. The drug comes in .25 milligrams (mg), .50 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg doses. People typically ingest Xanax orally, but some pulverize it into a powder and snort it.
On the street, a 2 mg Xanax bar is usually $4 to $5. One pill is the normal dose, but people with a Xanax addiction may ingest larger doses.
A breakdown of the street cost of Xanax:
|75 cents - $1
|$1 - $2
|$2 - $3
|$4 - $5
Common street names for Xanax include xanies, bars, footballs, school bus, and z-bars.
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Factors That Affect The Street Cost Of Xanax
Prescription drugs like Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and oxycodone are often misused and abused for their desired effects.
To combat prescription drug misuse, federal and state authorities regulate how prescription substances are sold in pharmacies.
However, these substances are also sold illegally by people with a prescription or manufactured and sold illegally, which can affect the price on the street.
Xanax is a popular drug among younger people in college and those with chronic pain. Drug dealers may increase the price based on the needs of the buyer.
Other factors influencing the price of Xanax include the dose, the amount of the drug purchased, and where the drug is purchased, as prices in urban areas may be higher due to increased demand.
Risks Of Xanax Abuse
Xanax abuse poses significant risks to mental health and overall well-being. As a central nervous system depressant, its sedative effects can lead to drowsiness and impaired cognitive functions.
Combining Xanax use with illicit drugs or prescription opioids like Vicodin (hydrocodone) heightens the side effects of these drugs and increases the risk of overdose.
Physical dependence can develop even when taken as prescribed. This means that people using Xanax may experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop taking the drug.
Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, especially when Xanax abuse is involved, and may include heart palpitations, seizures, hallucinations, or panic attacks. Xanax withdrawal should always involve medical supervision.
People buying alprazolam on the street may also unknowingly purchase counterfeit pills, which may contain fentanyl or other dangerous cutting agents that can lead to overdose and other severe health effects.
Addiction Treatment Options
People experiencing Xanax addiction or dependence can recover through individualized treatment plans provided at drug rehab centers.
Medical detox, with 24/7 medical supervision and care, can help ensure a safe and successful withdrawal process.
This may include group or family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), peer recovery support, and aftercare services for lasting recovery.
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- Connecticut's Official State Website - Alprazolam
- United States Department of Justice (DOJ) - National Drug Threat Assessment
- United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Fact Sheets: Benzodiazepines