AMBIEN is the new Date Rape drug
AMBIEN and AMBIEN CR are both drugs with a high possibility for abuse.
Taking Ambien and staying awake may give a person the impression of being drunk as it may be very difficult to walk a straight line and their speech may become slurred. Many times though, he or she may appear to be totally conscious and alert but will not remember anything about what they did during that time. This memory loss is one of the side effects of using Ambien. Alcohol may increase the effect. This is why young people are using AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR alone or along with alcohol as a very potent date rape drug.
It is extremely important to get this information out, especially to parents of teen age children. Read on.
All central nervous system depressants, including GHB and Ambien, increase the effects of alcohol. This can be dangerous for another reason (beside that of date rape). One of the effects of alcohol is getting drunk, becoming sick, and throwing up. If that happens to someone while on their back in a deep sleep after taking excessive amounts of GHB or Ambien, it is possible for the sick person to drown in his or her own vomit. Unlike GHB, which has a very strong salty taste, Ambien is tastless and has the added effect of memory loss, so Ambien, not GHB, is the date rape drug, and the kids know it.
Ambien and Ambien CR are manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-aventis.*
From their information sheet:
"Sleepwalking, and eating, or driving while not fully awake, with memory loss for the event (color enhancement mine), as well as abnormal behaviors such as being more outgoing or aggressive than normal, confusion, agitation, and hallucinations may occur.
Don’t take AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR with alcohol as it may increase these behaviors."
Back in 1998/99 - 2000, the press, with the help of some "unnamed anti-GHB organization", was mixing up the date rape drug Rufinol, or, as it was called on the street, Ruffies, with GHB so all of Rufinol's effects were erroniously said to belong to GHB and a bill outlawing GHB went through Congress.
In 2000, President Clinton signed the bill making the very inexpensive and wonderful sleep aid GHB into a date rape drug (giving it the same status as Heroin). That took it out of health food stores, and paved the way for Ambien to go on to record sales. Somebody, or "some corporation", is still sending out press releases and misleading negative information about the "dangers of GHB".
While Ambien (or Ambien CR) is being used as a date rape drug, most of the abuse potential is in the form of "getting high". College age and High School youth (and younger) believe that the feeling of being "tipsy" from Ambien (or GHB) is similar to that of being drunk, so try it alone for a cheap "high" (without the hangover of alcohol) at parties and "Raves". Some use it along with alcohol to get drunk faster. Ambien CR, crushed into a powder, is the "preferred" party enhancer and is readily available almost everywhere. The kids get it from their parent's medicine cabnets.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Ambien is quickly overtaking illegal sedatives as the most common date rape drug and perpetrators of sexual assault have used it on unsuspecting victims.
Note that many date rapes occur, not from Ambien CR put into some young lady's drink, but after that young lady has voluntarily taken Ambien to get high. She does not pass out, but looses her inhibitions, and can participate in all kinds of activies. Whether from taking it herself or from some unscruplulous person putting it into her drink when she is not watching her drink, with the memory loss, it becomes very hard for her to really know who did what and when, and testifying in court is virtually out of the question.
It is important to get this information out to parents so that they will be more careful with their prescription Ambien at home so that their children and their aquaintances will not abuse it.
There are hundreds of sites with information about the abuse potential of Ambien. If you want more information about Ambien as a Date Rape drug, here are just a few:
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This page created by Robert Ridgeway
* Sanofi-aventis is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, ranking number one in Europe. In the U.S., which is the fastest growing market region for the company, Sanofi-aventis, with 15,000 employees, currently ranks among the top five pharmaceutical companies.
Sanofi-aventis sponsors many prescription assistance programs in the United States and is a member of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.
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This page last updated 01/18/2013