Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and the anxiety resulting from depression. Alprazolam works in the brain to calm chemicals that may become unbalanced. Alprazolam is highly habit forming, and using the drug in larger amounts or for longer periods than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction. In many places where illegal drugs are sold, alprazolam and other medications of abuse are counterfeit. Counterfeit drugs account for many deaths each year.
Counterfeit Drug Market
According to USA Today, counterfeit drugs account for more than 70 percent of the drug supply in many impoverished nations. These counterfeit drugs are responsible for thousands of deaths each year. In developed countries, the counterfeit drug market makes up approximately 1 percent of all prescription drugs. Although the numbers are low for wealthier nations, the danger of counterfeit drugs is real wherever they are sold. Counterfeit drugs are fraudulently produced or mislabeled drugs that individuals believe are legitimate. Counterfeit drugs have the incorrect amounts of the active ingredient, and in some cases, there is no active ingredient present. This can result in death from not getting the medication needed or from getting too much of the wrong medication.
One of the largest sources of counterfeit medication is online markets. According to the FDA, online pharmacies are unregulated and are the most common method for counterfeit drugs to get into the hands of Americans. Online pharmacies sell to individuals who import their drugs through express mail services. They are then able to sell to people on the street or to those struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs who are unable to get more medication from their doctors. Counterfeiting pharmaceuticals carries less stiff penalties than other types of illegal drug activity, and counterfeit drugs are made and sold by those already involved in the drug culture. Using medications like alprazolam that do not come from a reliable source is dangerous and can lead to accidental death.
Finding Help for Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and other disorders and is highly habit forming. Getting the medication from a source other than your doctor or pharmacist can be dangerous. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and help you find treatment.