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Alprazolam, sold under the brand name Xanax, among others, is a short-acting tranquilizer of the triazolobenzodiazepine class, which are benzodiazepines fused with a triazole ring. It is most commonly used in short-term management of anxiety disorders, specifically panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.

Alprazolam is a Schedule IV controlled substance and is a common drug of abuse.

An alarming trend that has been popping up across the US is counterfeit Xanax. The problem is widespread. The tablets are made with fentanyl and other NPS chemicals purchased online.  Reports of Xanax counterfeits have been recorded recently (2021) in Texas, California, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.

“GGs” is a plural slang term referring to Alprazolam (Xanax) pills imprinted with the letters “GG”. According to NDEWS – June 2022 Newsletter, a Subreddit discussion trend for the slang term “GGs” spiked in May to June 2022.

NDEWS – Aril 19, 2023 Report: Online mentions of “fake”/counterfeit Xanax (alprazolam)

What was found? Different variations of “fake” and “Xanax” were co-mentioned in the same comment across many drug-related subreddits. Discussions of counterfeit Xanax (alprazolam) tablets have been steadily increasing, with the mention-to-commenter ratio implying that many people are discussing this trend.

What is “fake” Xanax? Users of drug-related subreddit communities are increasingly reporting the trend of “fake Xanax”, which involves the sale of non-Xanax drugs that resemble Xanax in appearance.

How is “fake” Xanax being discussed? Commenters are warning others about the potential of “fake” or counterfeit Xanax tablets. Those who report testing their suspected “fake” Xanax suggest that it often contains fentanyl or etizolam.

Terms for “fake”: Fake, bunk, mimic, counterfeit
Terms for Xanax: Xanax, 039, alprazolam

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