Miami rappers Lil Pump and Smokepurpp say they plan on quitting their illicit use of the prescription drug Xanax in 2018. Many rappers have started to speak out against the use of the short-acting tranquilizer, which is traditionally administered to treat anxiety and panic disorders, following the untimely passing of Long Island rapper Lil Peep, who overdosed on the lethal cocktail of drugs including Xanax.
Following the countdown into the new year, the “Gucci Gang”-singer shared his resolution with his followers on Instagram: “2018 we going even more crazy love yall 👌🏽💓 (btw I don’t take xanz. no more fuck Xanax 2018).”
Meanwhile, Purpp also acknowledged his plans to give up the drugs as well, tweeting: “we leaving Xanax in 2017.”
we leaving Xanax in 2017.
— smokepurpp (@smokepurpp) January 1, 2018
Xanax has been a major influence towards both rapper’s lifestyles. Lil Pump celebrated having one million followers with a cake made to look like a Xanie bar, and Smokepurpp references “poppin’ Xanax” quite frequently in his music, including his track “Fingers Blue” featuring Travis Scott.
This tweet made me happy !!! pic.twitter.com/BcfWusgG3k
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) January 1, 2018
While this is a noble cause, it is one that is much harder than just going without “cold turkey.” The core of the drug, benzodiazepine, is a muscle relaxer that binds to certain receptors, causing adaptive changes that make them less stimulated by the drug over a long-term period of use.
Unlike other forms of the narcotics, withdrawal and rebound symptoms commonly occur when trying to quit the drug, which means you should have some form of a regiment to taper your dosage over an extended period of time. Xanax is physically addictive and can cause some pretty nasty symptoms, including seizures, delirium, malaise, weakness, insomnia, tachycardia, lightheadedness, and dizziness.
It’s a hard path to follow, but it beats the alternative. Sadly beloved Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe and legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, among others, died from an overdose of benzodiazepine.
We fully support anyone who wants to quit and we know it’s a tough choice. But for those of us who aren’t rich celebrities, know that there is always help. Take some time and visit na.org for more information on how to get involved in the program.