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Accommodation

XANAX - What do you know?

By UWEaccomm 15 Dec 2017

​Recently, there has been a big focus on the drug Xanax, which is the brand name for the drug alprazolam. There are so many articles about it from Vice, Huffington Post, Bristol Post, a recent update on TalktoFrank and in Louis Theroux’s Dark States series.

 So, with Xanax being so much in the news, we thought we would give you a quick summary of what it is, what it does and what it means for you living in UWE accommodation.

 Ok, Xanax is usually prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication as it depresses the nervous system, causing the body to relax. It is prescribed short-term as it is highly addictive and very dangerous if being used regularly.

 One former user described coming off Xanax as:

                            “It was about two weeks after that I experienced PAWS [post-acute-withdrawal syndrome] for the next two months. It hit me with the worst period of mental illness I've ever had, and I just wasn't expecting it. Two months is a very long time to go through something like that with no light at the end of the tunnel”[1].

 If you think about it, if you don’t have a medical condition and don’t need something to slow down your nervous system… what is it going to do? Well, it can cause problems with drowsiness, memory issues, dangerous behaviour (due to the inability to assess potential risks) and in some cases the reaction it causes in an individual’s body can be fatal.

 The reason this drug is being talked about is because we are aware that drug dealers are targeting students. It’s a very cheap drug, it’s highly addictive -people do become dependent- and as it’s a class C drug so dealers face up to 2 years in prison and a fine.

 Now what does that mean for UWE students? Well for possession of Xanax, you would be issued with a final warning. This would give you a £100 fine or a drugs awareness session, and for those of you already received a drugs warning, it could lead to a Notice to Quit. This is as bad as it sounds. A notice to quit means you have to leave UWE accommodation within 28 days, but you have to continue to pay your rent until the end of your contract. If you are distributing this, or any drug, you would be receive a Notice to Quit.

In the experience of Accommodation Services, students that are using and rely on drugs like Xanax do not continue in their degrees.

                         “It felt like one small stupid decision had a huge impact on my life- that'd mess up everything I'd worked for previously”[2].

If you choose to take a drug that affects your memory -the more you use it the more you need it and every time it causes more damage- and it causes you to sleep more: you probably won’t be attending lectures and completing assessments. It’s quite obvious what that means for passing exams.

Also, if you do end up with a Notice to Quit, and you have to pay accommodation costs for 2 places that’s £12,671 for your first year’s rent[3]… could you afford that?

 Xanax is a really scary drug. It’s highly addictive. It’s hurting students. It’s ruining lives.


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[1] James Nolan for Vice ‘We Need to Talk About Our Generation's Xanax Problem: Abuse of the drug is on the rise in the UK and the US, we talked to a former addict to find out why’: 23.08.17.

[2] James Nolan for Vice ‘We Need to Talk About Our Generation's Xanax Problem: Abuse of the drug is on the rise in the UK and the US, we talked to a former addict to find out why’: 23.08.17.

[3] Based on a student living in one of our Student Village rooms and then moving into a lower-end priced en-suite room in private student accommodation.

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