"The first time I did it, I was expecting a good time,” senior Molly Doe* said.“Instead I woke up in the middle of the night and had no idea what I had been doing for the past five hours.
“Having a close family member on Xanax is like trying to talk to someone who is on autopilot all of the time,” senior Charlotte Potter* said. They don’t remember important conversations, and you start to miss them.
It’s like they are dead, but somehow still moving while on the drug. Not to mention having to worry about whether or not they will wake up the next morning.” Witnessing this experience of addiction not only made up her mind about the drug, but it also allowed her a chance to reevaluate the way she was living her life.
“After seeing the awful effect it had on [my brother], I did a complete 180,” Charlotte said.
“I will never touch the drug again in my life, and it made me become more responsible with drinking and doing drugs.
A lot of people are known to just fall over.” The drunken feeling associated with Xanax is unlike actual alcohol intoxication in that it wears off rapidly and impairs memory as well.
These two factors play a large role in a potential overdose.
The idea of addiction, withdrawal or even overdose never crossed her mind.
“I didn’t know it was really dangerous just because it’s so common,” Laura said. If you didn’t abuse it, it wouldn’t be bad.” After waking up with no idea what had happened the previous night, she changed her mind. “It’s pointless.” Although the only consequence for her was loss of memory, things could have been drastically worse.
However, the severity of use of these illegal substances has seen a lot of growth in the past couple of years, according to nurse Holly Hubbell.