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Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an 'escalating crisis'

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Health Desk- Feb 05, 2019: The coroner for Northern Ireland has called the rising number of deaths linked to fake versions of the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax, "an escalating crisis".

Joe McCrisken says he is signing off an alprazolam-related death nearly once a week.

Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It is not available on the NHS. It is a powerful tranquiliser.

But it can be obtained on private prescription in the UK, is widely prescribed in the US, and counterfeit versions circulate on the black market.

Courtesy: BBC Health