Teenage Xanax crisis as Britain becomes second largest black market for prescription drug

YOUNG Brits are facing an addiction “crisis” after figures showed the UK is the second-largest black market for Xanax in the world, after the US.

Up to 22 per cent of all anonymised trades on the dark web are made in this country, according to figures obtained by The Guardian.

The highly addictive medication is used to treat anxiety and is only available through prescription, but pills can easily be bought from street dealers, online pharmacies or the dark web for as little as £1 each.

Doctors, MPs and youth workers have warned of an “emerging crisis”.

Dr Adrian Harrop, an A&E doctor in Scarborough, said: “It’s already an acknowledged crisis situation in the US and Scotland and not before long we may see increasing deaths in England unless we address it.”

He added: “Increasing numbers of young people are overdosing on Xanax, having obtained it from the internet.”

Rosanna O’Connor, director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at Public Health England, said: “Xanax has caused some young people to end up in hospital, particularly when they have mixed it with alcohol. Self-medication is dangerous.”

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