If you think Xanny Poppin is an American porn star, you should probably read this…

Earlier this year, a group of schoolgirls in Wandsworth, London, decided to take a few bars of Xanax on their lunch break. Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a very bad move, and they ended up in hospital ‘unable to walk’.

Still, they did achieve one constructive thing that day: they woke the mainstream media up to the growing appetite for recreational Xanny.

London has more than its fair share of teenagers dealing the anti-anxiety tranquilizer (think Valium but 20 times stronger). Most teens deal the drug through Facebook or the dark web, and a ‘bar’ (2mg pill) costs about £2.

More importantly – as anyone familiar with the ‘Xanax and chill’ memes will tell you – Xanax has become a cultural touchstone for London’s youth.

It started in the US, where it’s regularly name-checked in hip-hop tracks by the likes of French Montana. Kanye’s protege, Chance the Rapper, recently admitted to being ‘Xanned out’ every day, and Lil Peep died from an overdose (he mixed it with other stuff).

In the grittier parts of London, pirate DJ’s such as Oneman – aka Steven Bishop from Streatham  – love Xanax’s ‘syrupy’ effect because it gives their mixing an “increased fluidity.”

Meanwhile, over in Kensington, London’s Rich Kids of Instagram are snapping up ‘Xanax’ cushions by Jonathan Adler at the luxury interior designer’s plush store.

No surprise, then, that Xanax is now firmly established as one of the city’s ‘top five’ drugs.

Experts may disagree about the figures, but there’s one thing they do agree one: whether Londoners are using Xan’s to contain their mental health issues, liven up a night, or kill it on the decks, each pill is likely to put them one step closer to addiction.