Online danger of teens’ chill pill Xanax
ONLINE drug pushers are tapping into a deadly craze for anti-anxiety pills.
Demand for Xanax from youngsters has soared, fuelled by a desire for cheap “chill pills” linked to glamorous music stars.
But the highly addictive tablets are potentially lethal when mixed with other drugs and booze. Drugs charities have connected Xanax, only available privately on prescription in Britain, to 204 deaths since 2015.
Internet dealers are importing them in batches of 5,000 at a time and brazenly selling them for as little as 70p a pill via adverts on social media sites such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.
Nicknamed Xannies, the sedatives’ popularity has rocketed after being mentioned in songs by rappers such as Grammy-winner Drake. Golfer Tiger Woods and pop star Demi Lovato have been known to use it.
Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, said: “One death is too many. We need to look at why those deaths are happening.”
When the Sunday Mirror handed the evidence to Instagram and Facebook they confirmed the accounts had been removed.
KILLERA handful of Xanax pills