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The number of ED visits involving nonmedical use of alprazolam doubled from 57,419 to 124,902 during the years 2005 to 2010, and then remained stable at 123,744 in 2011, according to a new report issued in May by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Alprazolam, aka Xanax, Xanax XR and Niravam, was the thirteenth most commonly sold medication in 2012 and was the psychiatric medication most commonly prescribed in 2011, according to the report.

“When used as directed, alprazolam is safe and effective, but misuse can result in serious health consequences,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, said in a news release. “This report highlights the need to educate people about the dangers of misusing or sharing prescription medications and the importance of properly disposing of unused medication.”

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