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Young people in Weymouth taking tranquilizers for fun


Published at 7:13am 11th January 2019.

Police in Weymouth say they are still finding young people in possession of Xanax in the town.

Xanax is a tranquilizer which comes in tablet form and is used to treat anxiety. It's also a Class C drug and is highly addictive.

'Why are young people taking it?'

When taken in higher doses it has been reported as giving a feeling of drunkenness - symptoms can include impaired concentration, slurred speech and memory problems.

Xanax is not available on the NHS but can be obtained with a private prescription or purchased on the internet.

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A spokesman for Weymouth & Portland Police said: "We would ask parents to be on the look out for changes to their children's behaviour or any tablets that they may be found in possession of.

"We are working hard to protect young people in Weymouth. There are a number of lines of enquiry into the supply of Xanax that we are currently following up on."

In November, two addresses in Dorchester were raided and two men arrested.

'Want to find out more?'

For more information on Xanax, please visit

If you have any information regarding Xanax please get in touch via 101, online or to report anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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