Leave The "Xanax Party Phase" In 2016

Leave The "Xanax Party Phase" In 2016

Stop making Xanax "cool."
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"I need a Xanax."

I am at fault for using this phrase as a joke. I hear it almost daily. What we do not think about when using this phrase so lightly and jokingly is that Xanax abuse has become a large problem, specifically in college towns.

Xanax is a prescription drug that is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and/or depression caused by anxiety.


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"Since Xanax - including its generic form, alprazolam - is the most widely-prescribed of the benzodiazepines, it is also the most widely abused of these drugs," according to Narconon.

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It is a controlled substance that "can cause paranoid or suicidal ideation and impair memory, judgment, and coordination. Combining with other substances, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing and possibly lead to death."

Part of that last sentence is one of the key problems, "combining with other substances, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing and possibly lead to death."

I have seen, first-hand, the effects of mixing Xanax with alcohol more times than I wish I have, and it is scary.

I have had friends not remember blocks of days, having no idea of where they went, what they did, or who they were with.

I have seen relationships ruined because of Xanax abuse.

Seeing someone after they have mixed Xanax with alcohol and seeing someone really drunk are two completely different things.

There is no life in the eyes of someone who has mixed Xanax with alcohol; you can't understand anything they are saying.

This isn't like slurring their words, they are talking straight up nonsense.

Aside from using Xanax to "party," I have also seen it used to escape reality.

Be it break-ups, fights with parents, or failing a test, taking a Xanax can help you not feel those realities as deeply as you normally would.

You become numb, although it is only temporary.

Taking Xanax as a "one-time thing" may seem fine, but you never know what could happen after that one time becomes two times, and that could eventually lead to addiction.

You always think it won't happen to you until it does happen to you or someone you love.

Years after his abuse, one man stated, "by the end when I sought help for my addiction, I was at a point where I couldn’t string a proper sentence of words together. I had no memory and also false memories and to this day I still have short-term memory problems.”

Whether Xanax is being used to party or to escape reality, it is a huge problem.

College is about making memories, having fun, and trying new things, but what is so fun about blacking out so hard you can't remember an entire day or even several days?

I'm sorry, but I just don't see the appeal.

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An Open Letter To The Judgmental People In My Hometown

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value.
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Dear judgemental, simple minded people from my hometown,

I am sorry that I have never met your level of perfection.

Coming from a small town, everyone settles to the norm of the people around them. Unlike you all, I have always been a little bit different.

I've never understood why everyone always seems to feel the need to talk down to the next person. People love to gossip about a situation as long as the situation has nothing to do with them. For every move I made, someone was always there to bring out the negativity in the situation. You all are always sweeping around somebody else's doorstep when I know your doorstep is not clean. Maybe it is time to buy a new broom. I know that I cannot please everybody and that I will also not be liked by everybody. However, I deserve respect just as the next person.

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I hope for the sake of the future generations of our small town, you all can learn to be more accepting to change.

I hope that no one judges your children like some of you all have judged me. I hope that the people that you love and care about are welcomed and accepted for who they are.

If we put as much time into being better people or helping others like you put into judging others, the world would be a much better place.

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value. Pebbles are perfectly round. I'd much rather be a diamond, one in a million, than a pebble that fits in.

Sincerely,

The one whose every move you criticize

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Unless You Want Your Immune System To Be A Total Brat, You Should Probably Get Vaccinated

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines.

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When it comes to vaccines, there is a broad range of opinions. Some people believe vaccines are bad and chose not to vaccinate their children. Then there are the people like me who believe vaccines are good. By all means, you are entitled to your own opinion and I'm sure my views won't persuade you, but there's so much more to think about when it comes to vaccines.

Majority of the vaccines we have received have the live virus in them. I'm almost positive you don't know why. Once the live virus enters the body, it teaches the immune system how to detect it and develop an immunity. For example, the chickenpox vaccine has a live virus. I received that vaccine when I was a baby and received a booster in the years after. Guess what I NEVER got? Chickenpox. Same goes for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines. A baby's immune system is not as strong as an adult. They are much more susceptible to different pathogens. Especially while in a public place. Children tend to put things in their mouths that could be covered in germs.

Did you know that vaccines are the reason why smallpox is not around anymore? Because of the vaccine, the United States has been free of polio since the 1970s. Before vaccines, smallpox was responsible for the deaths of 300 million people worldwide. Now, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.

Polio caused severe paralysis to many people in the years of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Polio was so contagious that public places were shutting down. Then, Jonas Salk made the polio vaccine. Polio is now on the path to eradication... thanks to the vaccine.

Polio and smallpox vaccines are examples of inactive vaccines. This means there's no live virus in them.

By not vaccinating, you are putting yourself and others around you at risk.

I understand you have your reasons on why you choose not to vaccinate. I have my reasons why I do. If you still choose not to, I'm not going to judge you. That's your choice.

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