Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Last night I dreamt I was president

As any good statistician knows, deaths from legally prescribed drugs far outstrip those from illegal ones. Not that John McCain's favourite pill - Ambien - has been linked with deaths, only hallucinations and somnambulism:

"Ambien is the sleep aid that was at the center of a class action lawsuit after users noticed bizarre side effects, like getting up in the middle of the night and cooking huge meals, then leaving the burners at full blast and going back to bed. I remember reading one man’s account. He said he heard sounds from the kitchen and found his wife tearing open a package of hamburger buns, "like a grizzly bear."

So maybe McCain is the man for the job - a sleepwalking president for a sleepwalking nation.

8 comments:

alison said...

Hello. And his latest choice is...ugh! Such a pity.

By the way you will be pleased to know (maybe) that I am now opposed to the EU. I finally saw the light.

But i'm still dogmatic about terrorism and the police I'm afraid.

Trooper Thompson said...

...pause as I laugh... I wonder what swung you around. I've gone a bit quiet on the EU recently. The last time I got animated was over the treaty, but it was mainly the theft of our promised referendum, which was down to our own homegrown political class, and it is these people who I blame, rather than the wine-swillers in Brussels.

As for terrorism, I'm as adamant as you, our disagreement is most likely over who pulls the strings... check out 'Fabled Enemies' a new documentary only just out, although we can have a (partly) separate argument on how terrorism is used to take away our rights dragging us towards an orwellian dystopian nightmare... (to fade)

alison said...

Two words:

Judicial activism.

The more I realised who was behind this crock the crosser I got :)

our disagreement is most likely over who pulls the strings...

or trigger!

Trooper Thompson said...

Curiouser and curiouser... who is behind it?

Ambien Side Effects said...

My name is Carrie James and i would like to show you my personal experience with Ambien.

I have taken for 30 days. I am 23 years old. First I took it to help me fall asleep. After a couple of days I noticed that it made me feel really good, so I would take it just to feel the high that it gave me. I would had no memory of what I did the night before. Every night I did really weird things like send out strange emails, take weird pictures, and I fear that I did things that I still don't know about. I would also hallucinate. I would just spend a lot of time staring at things watching them move, like the wall or notes on sheet music. I was way too distracted to go to bed. It made me tired, but I didn't want to go to bed. I stopped taking it because I don't want to get involved with something like that. I think about it all the time and I have cravings for it, but I just don't think I need anymore problems.

Side Effects :
Hallucinations, feeling of being high, and no memory of things I did the night before.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Carrie James

Trooper Thompson said...

Thanks for the comment, Carrie.

I'm glad you stopped taking it. A lot of these prescription drugs just add to one's problems, and I'm sure you're better off without it.

zolpidem said...

I think I have the story of all stories about Ambien. I used to take it, and I loved it. I woke up refreshed without any strange things happening. Until one night I had taken a few. I took one and I had built up a tolerance for it so I took another. Next thing I know, I'm naked out in my backyard and I couldn't remember why. Then I come in the house, and there were cops there. I got upset because A) I was naked and B) I didn't know why they were there. Apparently I went nuts, and started throwing things at my boyfriend, and he didn't know what was wrong with me so he called the police. Then they were cuffing me and I was struggling because I could not remember our fight what so ever.

Trooper Thompson said...

zolpidem,

that's pretty strange, to say the least. I think they should print that story on the insert!