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Xanax Used as Date Rape Drug

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By Jade Williams

Monday, May 7, 2012

Women now have an additional danger to worry about when out on the town partying. Not only are female students who attend University of Nevada, Las Vegas targeted for being students, but the women of the UNLV campus also live in one of the hottest party destinations in America.

Along with the other party-goers come many predators that prey on drunken women in Las Vegas. These predators sometimes have an extra supplement to help them accomplish their agenda of sleeping with women.

According to Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study, “Estimates are that 673,000 of nearly 6 million women (11.5 percent) currently attending American colleges have ever been raped. This includes an estimated half-million college women who have been forcibly raped, 160,000 who have experienced drug-facilitated rape, and over 200,000 who have experienced incapacitated rape.”

Many know of the common “date rape” drugs titled Rohypnol (Roofies) and GHB, but fewer women know that Xanax is also as successful in sedating women. Xanax, aka alprazolam, is prescribed by doctors, “used to treat anxiety disorder and panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Alprazolam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain,” according to the U.S National Library of Medicine.

Its side effects are listed as: changes in appetite, constipation, decreased sexual or ability, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, light-headiness, nausea, tiredness, weight changes. The side effect that is also clearly printed on the label but isn’t “common” is memory problems.

According to womenshealth.gov, “Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S. and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax).”

The drug that people take to calm their stress can cause a blackout time frame when used in larger dosage. It is a safer labeled drug that can accomplish the goal of wiping out the memory.

Among those who aren’t aware of Xanax danger, they associate it with a party drug aside from being prescribed for anxiety.

“When I first was prescribed the drug I accidently took too much and slept for hours. When I woke up I had no idea I had slept that long or remember falling asleep,” Rick Hernandez, a Xanax prescribed patient said.

Female students at UNLV expressed how they felt about Xanax being presented as a “safer” form of a date rape drug; many expressed feeling of shock. “It’s scary to know that something prescribed could be so dangerous,” said UNLV sophomore Jessica Garcia.

Programs implemented to help bring awareness to women’s well-being and safety are available throughout the United States. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Women’s Center is a place where women who attend UNLV can fully be informed of other date rape drugs. Xanax is now a new alarm.

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