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Anxious teenagers ‘buy Xanax on the dark web’

MPs call for urgent action over reported rise in illicit use of potent tranquilliser

A growing number of children are using the anti-anxiety drug Xanax to “self-medicate” against mental health problems, prompting calls from senior Labour MPs for an investigation into the escalating use of the tranquilliser, which is around 20 times stronger than Valium.

Xanax has seen a sharp rise in popularity in the past year, with some experts saying it has become one of the top five drugs used by young people, alongside cannabis and alcohol. Known as alprazolam in its generic form, Xanax can easily be bought from street dealers, online pharmacies or the dark web for as little as £1 a pill.

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