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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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