The Florida police recently arrested a man accused of giving Xanax to a 10-year-old boy. According to the police, the man reportedly coaxed the boy to have the drug along with a nacho chip to overcome its bad taste. The man allegedly fed Xanax to the boy to make him feel “chill,” following a sugar rush felt after consuming a chocolate.
The incident came to the knowledge of the police after 30-year-old Alexandre Correa Da-Silva was caught on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Apparently, he appeared to be the same person against whom an investigation was in proves by the police of Ohio after his girlfriend filed a complaint that he had fed narcotics to her son.
As per his girlfriend’s complaint, Da-Silva misled the boy into having Xanax saying that it was antacid Tums. She had found Da-Silva passed out on the bed with the pills lying around him.
Meanwhile, following the allegations and the investigation, the police has filed additional charges for felony and child abuse on Da-Silva as he was already in custody on charges of drug possession, DUI, resisting an officer without violence, fleeing and eluding with lights and sirens active.
Harmful effects of Xanax
Available under the name of alprazolam, Xanax is among the widely used medicines prescribed to patients who experience mental disorder like anxiety. Chemically, it belongs to the category of benzodiazepines known for alleviating symptoms, such as nervousness, fear, and excessive worry. However, Xanax is also feared for its addiction potential.
According to experts, Xanax has a very short half-life due to which it enters and leaves the body quickly. Xanax can be habit-forming, as a result, even people using Xanax as per the prescription for a prolonged period can experience subtle withdrawal symptoms between doses. Hence, doctors follow careful diagnosis and precision when prescribing the medicine to children.
Moreover, people using Xanax have been reported to experience side effects like speech problems, unusual dreams, constipation, increases salivation, weight loss, dry mouth, menstrual changes or nasal congestion. However, people struggling with higher intensity of Xanax addiction can also develop depression, suicidal thoughts, hostility and aggression, hallucinations, balance difficulties, lightheadedness and yellowing of the skin or eyes and fetal issues.
As a result, the medication is strictly avoided by pregnant women as it can result in congenital abnormalities. Besides, using the medicine during pregnancy can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby post the birth.
Seeking treatment for Xanax addiction is important
Xanax addiction can be treated with proper medical intervention. Ideally, Xanax addiction treatment starts with detoxification that ensures the removal of all the toxic residuals of the drug from the body. The duration of the detox depends on the severity of addiction and the frequency of the drug usage. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms is common during the detox process, hence, it is always advisable to seek treatment from a certified recovery center.
If you or your loved one is battling addiction and looking for a suitable center, get in touch with the Sovereign Health of Florida. We offer holistic and tailored treatment for Xanax addiction at both our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach facilities. The recovery management programs at our facilities are carefully designed to provide our patients with the much-needed support and counseling post successful completion of their treatment program. Call at our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with our representatives to enroll into one of our centers.
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