Sometimes people take Xanax or opioid pills to manage stress...
...but taking prescription pills that weren't prescribed to you is dangerous.
Drug cartels are making fake prescription pills using addictive and deadly ingredients like fentanyl and methamphetamine, and four out of ten fake pills the DEA has seized contain a potentially fatal dose of fentanyl.
Save Peoples' Lives with Naloxone
The drug temporarily reverses the effects of opioids and it is available without an individual prescription at U.S. pharmacies in every state. It's often covered by health insurance, and sometimes community programs distribute it for free.
Safer ways to manage stress
Experts say that exercise, good nutrition, and regular sleep are good first steps toward managing stress.
They also suggest self-care. Immersing yourself in activities you love and that promote well-being: deep breathing, yoga, making art, cleaning, journaling, seeing friends, playing games or walking in nature are all examples of things that might help.
And if you need help, don't suffer alone. Confide in someone you trust, whether it's a friend, a family member, or a counselor.