New figures reveal the rise of “generation Xanax” – with a doubling in young people being treated for addiction to anti-anxiety drugs.The statistics from Public Health England show 315 cases in which those under the age of 18 were treated for problems with benzodiazepines – a class of drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia.They include the drug Alprazolam (better known as Xanax) where there was a six-fold rise in numbers treated. Latest NHS figures suggest one in eight children has a mental health disorder, amid warnings of an “epidemic of anxiety”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Earlier this year an investigation found pupils as young as 11 were taking anti-anxiety drugs, with 240 ambulance callouts for children who had taken medication like Xanax.Charities claimed some pupils were dealing it on school premises. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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