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Teenage Fake Xanax Epidemic

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The US prescription med, Xanax has been influential in the recent wave of sad rap. With infamous rapper, Lil Pump, cutting a Xanax cake after reaching 1 million followers on Instagram. Since 21 year old rapper, Lil Peep died from a suspected Xanax related overdose, many US artists are denouncing Xan culture. But is this too late as fake versions of the highly addictive drug grip the UK? While fake versions of the desirable XANAX printed bars are appearing in selfies on social media with #bartard and #xanman in the captions, the addictive nature of this psychiatric medication is usually disregarded in comparison to drugs with higher classification, despite withdrawal symptoms including seizures and psychosis. As the numbing quality of fake Xanax becomes more popular amongst anxious mobile-first teens, is this the age old argument of blaming artists for drug culture? Or is there a more serious issue with mental health among young people? From dealers selling counterfeit Xanax on social media, to addicted college kids and Soundcloud rappers with face tattoos, VICE speaks to the next generation self-medicating with fake versions of the anti-anxiety drug, amidst underfunded mental health services for young people in the UK. WATCH NEXT: 'How Weed Laws Are Failing The UK' from the High Society series - https://vice.video/2pukQug Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo Click here to get the best of VICE daily: http://bit.ly/1SquZ6v Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Download VICE on iOS: http://apple.co/28Vgmqz Download VICE on Android: http://bit.ly/28S8Et0
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Jasmin Belnaqita (2 hours ago)
RIP Lil Peep 🖤💔
Ciarra Bishop (2 hours ago)
Weed and 🍆
aaron finnegan (3 hours ago)
that rapper is lame
Ghost Murmur (3 hours ago)
Sick of hearing mental health is the issue cause it's usually people who consider themselves normal calling other people crazy in a more subtle way.
Brodie Whelan (5 hours ago)
I took a full brick of Xanax once and omg that shit rocked me, and I was a heavy drug user at the time
salmoch (12 hours ago)
they aint depressed, just tryna be cool
7INEntertainment (18 hours ago)
Harry %% (18 hours ago)
Rip gus
Alice Maleksatian (20 hours ago)
tf is with that mf " rapper" gross
Sescilly Goulart (21 hours ago)
Real xans are easy to brake, like really easy, like they crumble, if it's hard as a rock like that, then it's not what you want to be putting in your body
Alex Mckenzie (21 hours ago)
Satan and new world order at work.
Dirty Pixels (22 hours ago)
What is causing this brand new, never before seen, exclusive to 2018 trend of anxious teenagers taking drugs?
Victoria Whitlock (22 hours ago)
Clayton reminds me of the ghost from spirited away
Marcus Afful Mensah (23 hours ago)
Why does everybody have to be edgy?
Pedro Pepejunior (23 hours ago)
His teeth ...
arizaliit (1 day ago)
xanax puts me to sleep. dont get the recreational side of taking Xanax.
Angelica Treml (1 day ago)
He sounds unintelligent from all those Xans
I speak My mind (1 day ago)
These idiots need to be terminated..let them die
CHEPOSPOOKY (1 day ago)
Thats good that they died that's how you get rid of the useless people wasting resources and taking up space.They can rot i have no pity on these morons.
Blixta Toe (1 day ago)
Cool. Subtitles translate into Frensh,automatically .
Cheng Xiao (1 day ago)
fuking losers
Alex Dekarske (1 day ago)
It's not a epidemic of drugs. Its a epidemic of idiots taking drugs. I've been on heroin from 16 year old girl and it's bad. But this is not anyone I even have scene. Us kids in the US have heroin epidemic but these weird ass kids were fucked long before their fake Xanax debut. I know zero kids like these. We are addicts but these kids are just stupid. Don't put my generations heroin problem even close to the category of UK. rappers. Which arnt even bad rappers. They arnt anything but retarded. Ya can't fix stupid and something tells me that soberity would fix them. Much more going on here
TAYLOR (1 day ago)
i take xanax since i was 15 years, i have bad anxiety and panic attacks. i dont take it because is “cool”, yeah it makes u feel so calm n relaxed and sometimes i really take 2 bars just to feel better when im depressed. it takes the pain away but also helps so much for me and im so thankful for this drug... bc of xanax i rarely have my attacks wich was horrible for me. i dont blame ppl from taking it but u gotta b careful, its a powerful drug that really gets you addicted but i also know how good you feel after taking it, rn im high on xanax too lol just b careful when taking it, honestly
baby Gase (1 day ago)
get off the pills.that shit aint natural.i see excuses like this all the time.life aint meant to be easy.if anything are ancestors need more stress relief.we got it easy
Ben H (1 day ago)
theyre all mentally ill
Loki te (1 day ago)
It’s difficult to understand what he’s saying hope he’s fine..
Gary Stump Beats (1 day ago)
did anyone notice the Super Metroid sample at 3:35?
good luck future generations.
Naty A (2 days ago)
All these “rappers” look so dirty like they look like they smell like crap
gaelrockz (2 days ago)
Rip lil peep😢🖤
Luciano Mattielo (2 days ago)
We are the most fucked up generation ever. Thank you, Soros
T Jm15 (2 days ago)
Can we have a tw for the self harm on his arm (just before the Red Devil’s section with the rapper)
Radu Mihai (2 days ago)
Stupid kids
Panos Gkilis (2 days ago)
the darkthrone tshirt brought me hear :P
Ben Ma (2 days ago)
Personally, I see a continuation of previous "trends" that have been capitalized. Teenage angst in grunge and emo and now anxiety in the soundcloup rap movement have always been associated with and to some extent advertising self-harm. I believe that as long as music caters to youth, these kind of cultures will prevail because teenage angst is simply a thing in humans growing up. I personally very much identify with people like that. But as much as we can find solace in like-minded artists and cliques, what has to be looked into and abolished is the abuse of unclean substances that are causing lasting damage to a generation.
Let those freaks die so we, the normal people, would be left alone on the planet earth
lil cheeks (2 days ago)
real life anime characters
Memegirl334 (2 days ago)
I love Sleepisformortals cos his music is so good but too bad he's such a fuccin junkie omg
blind. (2 days ago)
pause at 17:36, look at the upper middle left corner.
kevin hart (2 days ago)
cell (2 days ago)
7:29 i took sertraline too
Facts are these kids don't want help they like being high its that simple. No matter the hardships they go through in life they ise drugs to cope. Thats their vice. You stop when your ready or hit rock bottom. Hopefully by then it doesn't kill you.
texas 2301 (2 days ago)
My homeboy passed away from taking a fake xanax
Dark Skon (2 days ago)
poor kids getting even there Xanax stepped on lmfao
Charly_Noodles 3 (2 days ago)
Why do alot kids say like alot of times
Phojographer (2 days ago)
This video is so sad, but I hope that guy knows that the tear tattoo symbolizes how many people you’ve killed... not just that you’re sad
HILLERY SHAW (3 days ago)
HILLERY SHAW (3 days ago)
Fake Xanax not real ordered off Amazon from russia
Fredrik Studiee (3 days ago)
Funny with these guys that are"rappers", yet cant even speak properly
Your Nan (3 days ago)
Just a bunch of attention seeking druggies. Natural selection will take care of them.
Stacey Riggs (3 days ago)
This culture is so dumb. They claim rap yet wear Misfits, Darkthrone, and Thrasher Magazine shirts. They are all posers cherry picking style from all these different scenes they don't even know anything about. So glad I grew up with punk...
You Outta Know (3 days ago)
Keep up with the face tattoos one day I promise you you will regret them.
Vigilant Texan (3 days ago)
Xanex was the hot drug on the streets in Texas 15 years ago. I guess it takes a while to spread throughout the world.
Michael Wagner (3 days ago)
real ones feel soooo much better tho wtf
KhalDrogo76 (3 days ago)
3 to 4 bars a day? My buddy when in the deepest hell of Zanny addiction was eating 20 at a time....terrible drug
Aidan Heneghan (3 days ago)
Skate Dreams (3 days ago)
Fire Fire (3 days ago)
Weird ass emo kids don’t even compare what you make to rap
Malibu7Seven (3 days ago)
Before You make an entire episode regarding xanax aka alprazolam, do your research better, please!
Thomas Hannah (3 days ago)
Maybe he wouldn’t be homeless if he had a job
Largo Ranch (3 days ago)
Living a life of sin and unwilling to repent while trying to fill the void of God in their life. Repent and live your life for Jesus Christ.
Ttler Rahir (3 days ago)
Using xans to commit suicide when ive got the balls and not one wanna be American rapper on acting like mugs come close to an understanding just bored of life
John Harbour (4 days ago)
My god. The lack of knowledge about the subject by the reporter is astounding
John Proctor (4 days ago)
Lmao the drug dealer seems to be the smartest person interviewed
You can blame the pharmutical pop culture garbage for this
Latrice R (4 days ago)
I see the whole rap emo junkie scene is taking over.
Latrice R (4 days ago)
I don't see the allure of it all. It just makes you go to sleep. Where's the fun in that?
Christoph Luger (4 days ago)
"Alaprozam... I know the taste of alkaxhalam"
Shantorey Wilkins (4 days ago)
jay wilbur (4 days ago)
blackout city
Ugandan Knuckles (4 days ago)
Why abuse Xanax? It doesn't even feel good. I hate being on Xanax. I'd rather smoke weed any day.
freeridexx (4 days ago)
10x stronger? I take xanax and valium, I find the valium more effective. i am prescribed both
DANDRRX (4 days ago)
fucking millenials
HamsterLord2E (4 days ago)
imagine if we didn´t have any sort of media.... i feel that problems like these wouldn´t exist to this extent
Pedro (4 days ago)
Stupid and poor kittens
Higgzmusik (4 days ago)
The thing is, he realises that people got 9 to 5 jobs that we’re not happy about(true) yet he’s made a choice to be exctatic for a few hours and risk losing it all in a lifetime
Yo It's Me (4 days ago)
If you're going to take drugs to deal with depression, then take psilocybin mushrooms. They've been shown to permanently CURE depression you idiots. Also they worked for me, my life is fuckin awesome since tripping.
SilentBob420BMFJ (4 days ago)
Most pills are WAY too expensive if you don't get them legally. I don't understand how people become addicts on them. It's on the level of powder cocaine for some of them. Didn't watch the video, maybe Xanax are only $5/pill, I have no idea. But I remember watching specials on Oxycontin and Jack Osbourne back in the 2000's, and I think they were like $20/pill and he'd take 8 of them a day or something. You should not be spending $50 to get high. That's just completely insane. What makes it insane is that you can get heroin, crack, and many other drugs for a fraction of the price. You think you're saving face by doing a more acceptable drug, but you'll end up with a similar addiction and be 3x more broke than you would have been. Someone explain how you decide to become a pill addict vs going to the city for heroin. Or even doing cough syrup. Like how do you not see "Hmmm, $10 per pill and I already need 3 to get high and I just started" and realize that you're better off with another drug? It's not like the best of the best drugs cost the most. Nope, heroin and most drugs are very cheap, and you'll be hard pressed (pun intended) to find that in a pill. Even if you do, congrats, you just started and you're already spending what a seasoned heroin addict would. In 1-2 years you'll be over $100/day.
di mention (4 days ago)
i dont understand these people and maybe its best that i dont
Herbalattraction3000 (4 days ago)
Been doingand selling xans and other drugs for many many years and it will destroy these kids. It have ruined my life, entirely. Now I'm here picking it all up again. These pills can make you steal from your own mother and you would do it again, just for them. If you love people around you then stop or leave then alone. These kids are not capable of seing the Damage they are doing while so fucked up. The withdrawel is hell and can kill you, but if you keep taking these you will die. I really started believing in the term that we make our own hell and heaven here in earth and being hooked in this shit is basically Hell. Dont do it, it will either kill you or kill your soul. You will never forget the feeling and it ruins your future happiness. take it from someone who's been down that road.
WildBassfly (4 days ago)
I'm kind of surprised at how real they were being when she went to hang out with them in that flat near the end. It's like they know what they are doing is stupid but they can't stop themselves for whatever reason.
Lorraine Stanciu (4 days ago)
Damn this shit really makes me feel like people get hooked on xan only because its the new cool thing to be emo and relatable and have a fuckload of mental issues. It's like depression is the new social trend and that disappoints me af
ANTISOXIAL MEEP (4 days ago)
R.I.P Gustav Ahr💔
nathan (4 days ago)
5:21 lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Mexican cartel ! (4 days ago)
Oh Jesus Christ I found a red Devil in a burnt up sealed bag and I took it is it gonna give me brain damage
free PePe (4 days ago)
fuckin idiots
lil nipple (4 days ago)
I get high off squirells nipples
Jeezy J (4 days ago)
Mayo music...
Kaleb Mays (4 days ago)
rip lil peep
Jeezy J (4 days ago)
Dumb bitches...
Alpine Mind (4 days ago)
that slurred uk accent gets old pretty quick
bleached behave (4 days ago)
everyone wants face tattoos now because all the so called rappers have them. that goth rapper guy wanted some tears underneath his eye. do people now a days understand what a tear tattoo under youre eye mean?? (if not well it means that you killed someone and its a way of showing people that you feel sorry what you have done, letting everyone know that you killed someone, walk with the shame of everyone knowing that for the rest of youre life because you took someone elses life. sorry for my bad spelling but i just had to say it
super sexi senpai (5 days ago)
''anxius teens'' these guys don't know what reeal depression is. It is difference between felling depressed and haveing the diagnosis. These guys don't know how lucky they are
Sharp Sangalli (5 days ago)
Fake xanax is like playing life at half speed
Sonam Pema (5 days ago)
Derail07 (5 days ago)
Honestly, looks like Xanax is weeding out the week population.. Proceed!
Derail07 (5 days ago)
Good riddance Lil Peep
isoconverge (5 days ago)
alaprozam yeah...? lmfao
Holly Patricia (5 days ago)
The weak die off.
Wrecker Modz 43 (5 days ago)
He wants a tear drop under his eye but probably hasn’t been in jail for over a year and probably neither killed someone.
trent d (5 days ago)
Gonna quit my 9-5 matrix life to become a lost dracula soundcloud rapper.

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