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  • Xanax Addiction

    Xanax is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat specific anxiety disorders such as panic disorder. Alprazolam in the generic name for Xanax, and this specific prescription medication belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, or ...

    ... time to seek addiction treatment: 6 Taking Xanax in larger amounts or for a longer time period than ... and nurses on-site. 11 Mixing Xanax with Alcohol and Other Drugs Since Xanax can cause serious side effects and ... continue reading
  • Snorting Xanax (Alprazolam): Side Effects & Dangers

    What Does Snorting Xanax Do? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a prescription sedative medication that falls into the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which are commonly prescribed for the management of anxiety. 1, 2 While taking Xanax as ...

    ... Xanax. The amount of Xanax that can cause an overdose varies from person to person and depends on different factors, such as a person's health and ... addicted to Xanax to also abuse alcohol, cocaine, and other prescription ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... other substances. Can You Overdose on Xanax? Yes, it is possible to overdose on Xanax. While it's difficult to overdose on Xanax alone, when taken in conjunction with other drugs, such as alcohol or certain other drugs ... continue reading
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  • The Side Effects of Xanax Use

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. 1,2 The medication comes in the form of a pill that quickly dissolves ...

    ... Xanax in larger quantities, you increase the risk of side effects and overdose . What are the Long-Term Effects of Xanax ... Often taking alprazolam more or in larger amounts than intended. Persistently wanting to or ... continue reading
  • Alprazolam Abuse

    What Is Alprazolam? Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine substance better known by its brand name, Xanax . All benzodiazepines are depressant medications that slow down a user's body and mind, resulting in reduced anxiety and increased relaxation. ...

    ... in combination with alcohol or opioids like methadone, there is increased risk of overdose , which can ... the next benzodiazepine. Learn more at our Xanax History and Statistics page. Teen Alprazolam Abuse Prevention is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alprazolam Use

    Is Alprazolam Harmful? Stop suffering. Learn how treatment can help. Alprazolam (trade name: Xanax) is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class, indicated for the management of some forms of anxiety and panic disorders. The substance - like all ...

    ... alprazolam raises the risk of overdose. Alprazolam Overdose Symptoms and Signs Vertigo or dizziness. ... is used with other drugs or alcohol. For example, combining alcohol and Xanax can result in serious health conditions ... continue reading
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  • Getting Help for Xanax Addiction

    What is Xanax? Xanax is a benzodiazepine that comes in either tablet or capsule form. It's used to manage anxiety and panic disorders. Sometimes called “purple footballs,” “bars” or “Z-bars,” this drug can cause a high that includes ...

    ... first began taking it. This phenomenon is described as tolerance and, as a result of developing tolerance to Xanax , you may end up taking larger and larger amounts. The development of tolerance is a major factor that ... continue reading
  • Xanax Addiction Treatment

    Xanax Addiction is widespread! The more common a drug becomes the greater chance it has at becoming abused by the general public. Xanax is a commonly prescribed short-term drug used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders, though due to its now ...

    ... commonly increase the dosage which will in turn worsen the withdrawal symptoms and increase the likely-hood of an overdose. An overdose from a Xanax Addiction can range anywhere from mild to severe, including death. An ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... . What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol), or by taking a much larger dosage than prescribed, causes a slowed heartbeat and severe breathing problems. An overdose can stop your breathing ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... warm and fuzzies, blocking our ability to feel and process difficult emotions, Xanax is extremely addictive and often ... amount of anxiety. It's when we refuse to accept this small amount that it grows in intensity and ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Alprazolam Addict

    Help for Alprazolam Addicts Alprazolam, marketed under the brand name Xanax , is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders . Similar to the effects of alcohol, alprazolam works by depressing brain functions . Abuse of this drug can ...

    ... Xanax , is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders . Similar to the effects of alcohol, ... , depending on factors such as duration of use and the amount of the drug consumed. However, not all withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... once she didn't have that bottle of “little helpers.” Kelly made an appointment at the clinic and asked her doctor for more Xanax. When he wouldn't refill the pills, she simply went to a different physician. He wrote her ... continue reading
  • Why Is Xanax So Addictive?

    Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, belongs to a class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines. For some people, Xanax can be an effective treatment for anxiety and panic disorders. However, Xanax users are at high risk for ...

    ... Prescription drugs, like Xanax, are the most commonly abused drugs other than alcohol and marijuana among people ... with the same amount of the drug. Some people develop a tolerance after taking Xanax for extended periods ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... did the same last year. But in Alabama, alcohol and weed are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's highways and byways. Believe it or not, Xanax now far surpasses marijuana as a leading cause of ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... street, buyers may not be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims to be the real deal, these pills are really cut with fentanyl , a ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... 's so easy to get hooked; it's so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol. If you're hooked on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment provider ... continue reading
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  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse What Is Clonazepam? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines . Clonazepam is known also by the brand name Klonopin . It is the third most prescribed ...

    ... benzodiazepine in the US, behind alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan). These medications have very ... risk for overdosing becomes greater. The risk is compounded if the person consumes clonazepam with alcohol or other ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina overdosed and ... to Be a Team Effort The Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies in New Jersey offers training for police ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Abuse

    Benzodiazepines (benzos) are commonly prescribed medications in the United States. In 2017, there were over 120 million benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed throughout the country. 1 Benzos belong to a larger group of medications known as ...

    ... include a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve the ... alcohol and/or opioids. One of the biggest risks of mixing benzodiazepines with alcohol and/or opioids is the possibility of overdose and ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... amount of overdose deaths a decade ago. The Rise of an Overdose Epidemic Unfortunately, over the last four years, drug overdose ... an accidental overdose. Signs of alcohol poisoning include: Severe disorientation and lack of ... continue reading
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    ... to be less harmful than other drugs like alcohol , heroin , and cocaine , and overdoses are rare. 2 ,3.4 5 As ... is made illegally, there are large differences in the amount of drug in different batches, making it very easy ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Overdose

    Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are prescription medications used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures 1,2 . Benzos were once prescribed for the short-term management of insomnia, but they are rarely ...

    ... treat anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures 1,2 . Benzos were once ... Name of the drug. Time and amount taken. Where the person obtained the drug. Overdose victims will be transported to the ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... prescription. It is combined with other substances like alcohol. NOTE: The extended-release tablets have an ... dangerous amounts of the drug, which can easily lead to overdose. Dependence and Withdrawal Over time and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ketamine Abuse

    About Alcohol and Ketamine Ketamine (also called Special K, Kit-kat, Vitamin K, Super Acid and, simply, K) is a dissociative anesthetic that - as a legitimate pharmaceutical agent - continues to be manufactured for both veterinary and human medical ...

    ... It is often used concurrently with other intoxicating substances, particularly alcohol. Mixing ketamine and alcohol is dangerous and can lead to an overdose brought on by breathing difficulties. Ketamine users will often ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangers of misusing Tussionex, stating that abusing it can ...

    ... it can lead to several adverse effects, including overdose and death in high doses 1 . Tussionex should not ... occurs, people usually have to increase the frequency and/or amount of the drug taken to achieve the desired ... continue reading
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    Is MXE Harmful? MXE, also known as methoxetamine, is a substance with similar chemical properties to ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP) , two illicit drugs known for their hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE is an odorless, white powder ...

    ... ”) 3 . Cases of MXE overdose have been reported in association with combining MXE with other drugs, including Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids, alcohol, amphetamines , cocaine , ketamine, and opioids 2 . As of 2015 ... continue reading
  • Oxycontin Addiction Signs, Symptoms and Addiction Treatment

    OxyContin addiction occurs from abusing an OxyCodone prescription for pain relief. Drugs are commonly used in the medical field to treat chronic pain and other ailments of patients. Unfortunately, as is human nature, substance abuse becomes ever ...

    ... in the shortest amount of time. The negative reaction to binging is the increased risk of overdose due to the effective ... person's particular drug addiction. OxyContin and alcohol, Xanax, Ambien or Seroquel are among the ... continue reading
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    What is Cocaine? Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive substance. Cocaine hydrochloride remains a schedule II controlled substance, as it has some legal therapeutic application as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, useful in association with ...

    ... overdose is compounded when it is used with another dangerous substance like alcohol or other drugs. The combination of cocaine and ... to days depending on the frequency, amount, and period of previous use. Cocaine Addiction ... continue reading
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    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... of polysubstance abuse; severe respiratory depression and lethal overdose becomes much more likely when combined with opioids or other CNS depressant drugs, including alcohol. 4 Withdrawal from benzos may be extremely ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... amounts and/or more frequently than prescribed. One of the greatest problems associated with abusing opioid drugs like Demerol is the risk for respiratory depression and overdose ... with other drugs and alcohol may increase ... continue reading
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    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... alcohol can lead to dangerous levels of sedation and respiratory depression, increasing the side effects and the risk of a fatal overdose ... a year. People who consume a heavy amount of an intoxicating substance over a long ... continue reading
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    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... promotes ingestion of higher and higher amounts, which can easily result in overdose. Side Effects As people ... and alcohol therapy, medication management, and community supports to continue working towards establishing and ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... to occur when sedatives are mixed with alcohol, or other drugs such as opiates or barbiturates. A sedative overdose may begin with dizziness and vomiting. The next stage of the overdose involves the user being incoherent ... continue reading
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    ... as Valium and Xanax, are widely prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal and other conditions ... drug” because it is popular at “raves” and dance clubs. Overdosing on ketamine can be dangerous. 28 Cannabis ... continue reading
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    ... other. Simultaneous use of these substances can lead to: Overdose. Coma. Death. Signs and Symptoms of Abuse Alcohol Use Slurred speech. Mood and behavior changes. Impaired decision-making abilities. Reduced inhibitions ... continue reading
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    ... Many abusers of Valium take it combination with alcohol and/or other substances. Abuse occurs when a user: ... the risk of severe addiction and overdose. The compulsion to take ever-increasing amounts of Valium is one of ... continue reading
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    ... amounts of money and efforts to acquire, hide, and use the substances . Short-Term Effects People who use and ... for women. Can You Overdose on Steroids? Anabolic steroid overdose is generally considered the cumulative ... continue reading
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    ... however, it has become a drug of abuse with an acknowledged addictive potential. Concerns over tramadol abuse and addiction have risen sharply in recent years. View the infographic below to see how tramadol moved from a ... continue reading
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    ... Availability A recent study published in the journal Addiction linked alcohol-related suicides to larger numbers of bars and liquor stores in their community. Researchers analyzed data from the National Violent Death ... continue reading
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  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

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  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

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  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

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  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

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  • Klonopin Abuse

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  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

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  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

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  • Legal Marijuana: Test Your Knowledge

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

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    ... option provides a high amount of flexibility but may not provide the immersive care required by those suffering from severe concurrent addictions to drugs like alcohol and Xanax. Group counseling : Recovering addicts ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use

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  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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    ... over a legal amount of marijuana . To prevent this, police departments in some parts of Oregon and Washington have ... out illegal pot practices. Not everything is above bar; possessing anything over one ounce is still a ... continue reading
  • 5 Controversial Thoughts We Have About Addiction

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  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money ... with these changes. In states such as Delaware and Ohio, legislators have debated whether these laws should ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

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  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and ...

    ... of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and confidential, so call now! You can also contact narcotics hotline numbers . continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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  • How to Help a Clonazepam Addict

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  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

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    ... alcohol and drug-related causes, 42 percent of the male deaths and 70 percent of the female deaths came from preventable causes like accidental overdoses ... now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

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    ... fact, most Virginians agree that those who abuse drugs or alcohol should receive treatment, not jail time. According to a new ... placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms and Getting Treatment

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  • America’s Drug Awareness

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  • Bath Salts Overdose

    Synthetic cathinones , commonly referred to as “bath salts”, belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive substances”. These are psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of existing illegal drugs and have only made ...

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  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

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  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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    ... combo drastically increases the side effects of fentanyl and, unfortunately for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when he overdosed and administered a life-saving dose of naloxone ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

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  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

    Today's drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs. Try your ...

    ... things out. When it's all said and done, Becky gets caught with a handful of non-prescribed Xanax in her pocket. Click Here for the Answer Potential jail. Prescription drug overdose has become an epidemic in the US. Law ... continue reading
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