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Xanax used to treat anxiety

Xanax is the brand name for the tranquilizer alprazolam, part of a benzodiazepine class of drugs that slow down the central nervous system.

It is used to treat anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, and is available by prescription only. It can be addictive, especially for people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Dennis Kobzeff, a pharmacist at the Rite Aid on Southwest Alder Street, says that the drug costs about $1 per pill but has a street value several times that. He speculated that a pill would sell for as much as $5 on the street.

The medicine is prescribed for use on a short-term basis only.