On­line dan­ger of teens’ chill pill Xanax

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY DAN WARBURTON and AMY SHARPE

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

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