"Usage" is not technically what's illegal. Possessing it (which I guess she probably was if it was in her backpack) or giving it to others is illegal. The sort of good news is that it's a misdemeanor offense to possess alprazolam (the generic name) unless you have quite a few of them. The bad news is that if she's using them, she's very likely addicted to them. They are an extraordinarily addictive cousin to drugs like Valium, are very heavily abused, and most people who start taking them seem to be unable to stop on their own. Worse, there's a perception that they're no big deal, so they tend to be really popular among high school kids who don't realize how dangerous they can be, and aren't necessarily what you would even think of as the type who would get into drugs. If your daughter has been experimenting with them, I'd encourage you to seek medical help for her so that you can get a better idea whether she needs some type of drug treatment program. Good luck.
I agree with Ms. Foley. In addition, it is a class a misdemeanor to possess xxanax without a prescription and a felony to possess it on school property. Flush it - don't call the police. Test her frequently and put a stop to it now before she gets addicted.
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