- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Experts say the sedatives reportedly sold and abused by University of Minnesota wrestlers aren’t getting as much attention as opioids, but they are a fast-rising cause of overdoses and deaths.

University police are investigating allegations that several wrestlers sold and used drugs including the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.

The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1Wpp2Yq ) that Xanax is among the prescription drugs most frequently seized by law enforcement in drug stings.

Carol Falkowski, a former director of state abuse prevention programs, says some college students abuse medications that enhance alertness and help studying - and then need a calming drug, which is where Xanax comes in.

But the drug can become habitual, and too much of it can relax the respiratory system so much that a user stops breathing.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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