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My fiance just left for bootcamp on May 1st. I am legally prescribed xanax because i am a victim of sexual assault. He is in the Navy and when we went to the office were we live before he went to the hotel he came up clean with no drugs in his system. My fiance doesn't even like drugs so that was no supervise. The suprise came to me today. On Saturday i threw my mother a suprise 50th birthday party, i keep my prescribed xanax in a Tylenol bottle due to the resemblance in shape so when i have friends over i know to put it away. I forgot to put the bottle away that day and my fiance was complaining of a headache, my mother then got up and got him two tylenol or motrin. I count my pills weekly to make sure non have gone "missing", he doesn't even know where i keep them or that i am prescribed them because he hates all those prescription drugs. While counting i noticed two missing. The night of the party after he took the Tylenol my mother gave him he started feeling very dizzy, tired, out of it etc. i thought he probably had gotten sick and put him to bed. I am now worried that he might have taken my xanax pills on accident (please this is a truthfully story and him getting through bootcamp determines the rest of our lives). Today they did not complete his drug testing at fort Hamilton before getting on the plane. If his results come up positive what should i do? Is there anything I can do? I'm in full panic mode and understand there is a zero tolerance agreement in his contact but if this does happen what can i do? I refuse to let my fiance sent home because of an accident, hes never even smoked week in his life let alone take a pill. Does the military check for xanax? If it comes up positive is there any advice as to what i can do please get back to me. I haven't been able to sleep since i counted the bottle and put two and two together. Thank you for your time -Elyse

This question is out of the area for the website. However, I do have a little background in drug testing and the military zero tolerance policy. They are primarily concerned with common illegal drugs. Xanac is a Benzodiazepine. These are a class of agents that work on the central nervous system, acting selectively on gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA-A) receptors in the brain. It enhances response to the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, by opening GABA-activated chloride channels and allowing chloride ions to enter the neuron, making the neuron negatively charged and resistant to excitation.The last military drug test results I reviewed would not have tested for this class of drugs.

It is very important that you do not keep such a drug in any other container. Xanac could be devastating to someone who is pregnant or has cetain otehr medical conditions.

It is precribed for someone with panic disorder which as your question suggests, you may have.

Lets wait and see. Since the drug is not illegal, even if it is detected on the test, the military may accept your explanation.  

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