Abuse of Xanax Leads a Clinic to Halt Supply

Because of the clamor for the drug, and concern over the striking number of overdoses involving Xanax in Kentucky and across the country, Seven Counties Services, Inc. took an unusual step— its doctors stopped writing new prescriptions for Xanax and its generic version, alprazolam, in April and plan to wean patients off it completely by year’s end.

The experiment will be closely watched in a state that has wrestled with widespread prescription drug abuse for more than a decade and is grasping for solutions as it claims more lives by the week. While Kentucky and other states have focused largely on narcotic painkiller addiction, experts say that benzodiazepines, the class of sedatives that includes Xanax, are also widely misused or abused, often with grim consequences.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/us/in-louisville-a-centers-doctors-cut-off-xanax-prescriptions.html

Source: The New York Times – September 14, 2011

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