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TEENS 'ZOMBIE' PILL FAD: ABUSING AMBIEN (Kennedy drug used as party-sex enhancer)
NY POST ^ | 5/14/06 | SUSANNAH CAHALAN and SUSAN EDELMAN

Posted on 05/14/2006 9:48:55 AM PDT by Liz

A growing number of city high-school and college kids are popping Ambien - the drug Rep. Patrick Kennedy blamed, in part, on his car crash - not to sleep, but to party.

The insomnia medication, known as "zombie pills," "tic-tacs" and "A-minus," has become popular at house parties and nightclubs....illegally sold by Internet drugstores, peddled outside Big Apple nightclubs and even bartered on Craigslist.

One desperate user offered his X-rated DVDs. "You give me Ambien, I'll give you porn," he wrote. At the street price of $5 a pill, young people are gobbling Ambien for relaxation, euphoria and hallucinations.

Partyers also take Ambien with booze, pot and other pills - a dangerous combination, doctors say - to get a stronger high.

The "zombie" fad worries doctors. "I have patients who abuse Ambien to get a buzz," said Dr. Richard Frances, a NYU psychiatry professor......

The sleeping pill is the target of a growing class-action lawsuit in Manhattan federal court that claims the pills caused bizarre "zombie-like" behavior - including reckless driving and binge eating.

Kennedy blamed Ambien as a factor in his May 5 crash in D.C.

.......... said lawyer Susan Chana Lask, who represents 500 in the suit. "Many burn their hands on the stove, eat weird things - one lady made a sandwich with ice cream, syrup and pretzels - and have wild sex with their spouses or other people."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: ambien; warondrugs; wod; wodlist
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1 posted on 05/14/2006 9:48:59 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
" one lady made a sandwich with ice cream, syrup and pretzels"

Hmmm . . .

2 posted on 05/14/2006 9:51:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Liz

Oh please, every generation has their "it" pill. Unfortunately, mine was Qualudes. Be thankful their only taking Ambien.


3 posted on 05/14/2006 9:52:43 AM PDT by Hildy ("Whenever someone smiles at me all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life." - Dwight Schrute)
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To: BenLurkin
" one lady made a sandwich with ice cream, syrup and pretzels"


4 posted on 05/14/2006 9:53:13 AM PDT by JRios1968 (In memoriam...)
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To: Hildy

The story is significant not b/c its about pills per se, but b/c it concerns a pill Cong Kennedy took, then used as an excuse to explain his bad behavior.


5 posted on 05/14/2006 9:57:14 AM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: Hildy

"Unfortunately, mine was Qualudes."

Rorer 300's. The pill that zombied an entire generation.

I also have the t-shirt.


6 posted on 05/14/2006 9:59:17 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats = The Culture of Treason)
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To: Liz

Everyone knows that's a bogus story...he was drinking, period.


7 posted on 05/14/2006 10:00:58 AM PDT by Hildy ("Whenever someone smiles at me all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life." - Dwight Schrute)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

You got that right.


8 posted on 05/14/2006 10:01:22 AM PDT by Hildy ("Whenever someone smiles at me all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life." - Dwight Schrute)
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To: Liz

9 posted on 05/14/2006 10:02:09 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Liz

10 posted on 05/14/2006 10:06:29 AM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is to conservatism what Howard Dean is to liberalism)
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To: Liz
"You give me Ambien, I'll give you porn,"

LOL.

11 posted on 05/14/2006 10:09:06 AM PDT by SIDENET (Gonna shake it, gonna break it, let's forget it better still)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
"Unfortunately, mine was Quaaludes."

Rorer 300's. The pill that zombied an entire generation.


That would be Rorer and Lemmon 714's... LOL

Not that I would know anything about that. (Whistling Innocently)

12 posted on 05/14/2006 10:09:58 AM PDT by Despot of the Delta ("Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience")
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To: Liz
and have wild sex with their spouses or other people

From a SLEEPING PILL? What am I missing here? I thought Ambien was a sleeping pill; why are people eating ice cream sandwichs and having wild sex after taking a sleeping pill? Not that I think for a moment Kennedy was anything but drunk.

13 posted on 05/14/2006 10:11:09 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Hildy
Unfortunately, mine was Qualudes.

Ludes made for calm companions. There are worse things, eh?

14 posted on 05/14/2006 10:13:11 AM PDT by Glenn (There is a looming Tupperware shortage. Plan appropriately.)
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To: Liz

There's no proof Patrick Kennedy had Ambien in his system. However they are witnesses that Kennedy was knocking back a whole bunch of alcohol earlier in the evening.


15 posted on 05/14/2006 10:16:01 AM PDT by D-Chivas
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To: Wiggins; Fedora

Thanks---love it. Wonder if it's on DVD? Did Sheldon Leonard play the zombie? LOL.

16 posted on 05/14/2006 10:18:18 AM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: Liz

" one lady made a sandwich with ice cream, syrup and pretzels"

This drug sounds as harmful as marijuana!


17 posted on 05/14/2006 10:18:34 AM PDT by The Worthless Miracle ("Better put some ice on that")
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To: Liz
said lawyer Susan Chana Lask, who represents 500 in the suit. "Many burn their hands on the stove, eat weird things - one lady made a sandwich with ice cream, syrup and pretzels - and have wild sex with their spouses or other people."

"My clients abused prescription drugs and had adverse side effects. I demand restitution of $figurewithlotsofzeros and a wahmbulance."
18 posted on 05/14/2006 10:19:00 AM PDT by English Nationalist
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To: D-Chivas

.....and nobody saw the glassine envelopes under the driver's seat, and the little gold straw with a powder residue on the passenger seat...?


19 posted on 05/14/2006 10:21:55 AM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: English Nationalist

In the language of the law----$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


20 posted on 05/14/2006 10:23:04 AM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: hsalaw
Because, as it states in the article:

When mixed with alcohol or pot, it produces a hallucinogenic effect, and a party drug. Translation, makes people do things they wouldn't ordinarily do, or maybe I should say "helps them to do things they wouldn't do without the drugs" Also it is readily available, and taken by a lot of KIDS already on anti depressants.

It is entirely possible Kennedy did take Ambian, AND was drinking, as has been reported by those who served him the drinks. It wouldn't exactly be unheard of for a Kennedy to "party" with or without the use of drugs.
21 posted on 05/14/2006 10:23:07 AM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: Despot of the Delta

Parest 400s were the best! Not that I know anything about them either!


22 posted on 05/14/2006 10:25:43 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Liz
...and have wild sex with their spouses...

The FDA MUST take action on this stuff...it's unnatural! ;-)

My friend tells me that one patient of hers has to be sure to be in bed and not take it in the bathroom since it knocks her out so fast she hasn't made it to bed sometimes. I found it hard to believe, but I've heard it from many people that it acts fast! The thing that gets me is the warning that if you take it without having a full night's sleep afterwards, it can cause amnesia.

23 posted on 05/14/2006 10:26:27 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Liz

Geez, are there any parents anymore controling their kids?


24 posted on 05/14/2006 10:28:59 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: BenLurkin

"sandwich with ice cream, syrup and pretzels" hmmm

Thanks very much, but, I'll stick to the ole reliable "peanut butter, honey, banana, butter,and bacon sandwich".


25 posted on 05/14/2006 10:31:13 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: hsalaw

Another thread is pointing out how trazodone (an older drug that costs far less since it's now generic) is equally effective, without such side-effects. Trazodone doesn't work for everyone, but it sounds like a better place to start. The problem is, patients see the marketing for Ambien and ask for the latest thing rather than try what might work just as well. On the other hand, there's that pesky priapism side-effect that can occur with trazodone.

IOW, body chemistry and pharmacology are far too complex for lawyers. :-)


26 posted on 05/14/2006 10:33:05 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
....I'll stick to the ole reliable "peanut butter, honey, banana, butter,and bacon sandwich".....

If that sandwich is fried, it must be Elvis posting. LOL.

27 posted on 05/14/2006 10:39:55 AM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: The Worthless Miracle
>"This drug sounds as harmful as marijuana!">"

Yeah, but ambien is easily taxable!!!!

The only $$$ in MJ is in its illicit trade!

28 posted on 05/14/2006 11:00:32 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather be carrying a shotgun with Dick, than riding shotgun with a Kennedyl!)
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To: rawcatslyentist

I had big trouble with Ambien, and will never take it again! Almost burnt my house down while sleepwalking/cooking.


29 posted on 05/14/2006 11:13:58 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Gondring

Body chemistry, Pharmacology, logic, calculus, algebra, geometry, thermodynamics and compassion are issues that are too complicated for lawyers.

If lawyers had a handle on any of these things, they could have grown up to be something useful, like doctors, engineers, clergymen, mechanics, bus drivers and garbage men.


30 posted on 05/14/2006 11:15:37 AM PDT by 308MBR ( Somebody sold the GOP to the socialists, and the GOP wasn't theirs to sell.)
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To: Liz
http://extremewisdom.com/images/Best.wmv

The classic Bob Hope zombie/democrat clip

31 posted on 05/14/2006 11:17:29 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s...you weren't really there.)
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To: Liz

They are just Partying like a Kennedy.

Big Teddy'splane was hit by lightening....a message from God?


32 posted on 05/14/2006 11:17:29 AM PDT by Feiny (Now go bang your heads on your desks until something useful comes out!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Parest 400s were the best! Not that I know anything about them either!

The old Mean Green Jellybean's were pretty damn good.

Just Sayin... (Continuing to whistle innocently)

33 posted on 05/14/2006 11:18:42 AM PDT by Despot of the Delta ("Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience")
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To: Hildy
Unfortunately, mine was Qualudes. Be thankful their only taking Ambien.

Hmmmm....Qualudes....

Damn I miss the 70s.

34 posted on 05/14/2006 11:20:50 AM PDT by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here; still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: Despot of the Delta

I had a script for them from a pill-pusher doc. I didn't like them cuz they made me numb, and being a musician, I couldn't play at all if I took one. I gave 'em all away. Mostly to young, beautiful women! So, there was some benefit to havin' that script!


35 posted on 05/14/2006 11:51:24 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: English Nationalist
"My clients abused prescription drugs and had adverse side effects.

How is taking a prescription drug (Ambein) exactly as prescribed considered abusing it? You do not have to abuse it to have a strange reaction to it.

36 posted on 05/14/2006 12:02:58 PM PDT by muggs
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To: radiohead

;)


37 posted on 05/14/2006 12:07:12 PM PDT by Hildy ("Whenever someone smiles at me all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life." - Dwight Schrute)
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To: freekitty

My parents were wonderful...they really were. But I still did really stupid, dangerous things...ALOT.


38 posted on 05/14/2006 12:09:20 PM PDT by Hildy ("Whenever someone smiles at me all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life." - Dwight Schrute)
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To: gidget7
or maybe I should say "helps them to do things they wouldn't do without the drugs"

Or perhaps "gives them an excuse for having done the things they wanted to do anyway"...

39 posted on 05/14/2006 12:11:25 PM PDT by null and void (Islam wasn't hijacked on 9/11. It was exposed.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Thanks-----great movie.


40 posted on 05/14/2006 12:50:45 PM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: null and void

even better put!


41 posted on 05/14/2006 12:56:29 PM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: Liz

A sleeping pill as a sex enhancer? What am I missing?


42 posted on 05/14/2006 12:59:56 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: R. Scott

For those sickos with perv partners into necrophilia....LOL.


43 posted on 05/14/2006 1:13:54 PM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: Thud

ping


44 posted on 05/14/2006 2:11:47 PM PDT by Dark Wing
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To: Liz

Not exactly my thing – I prefer a lot of motion – a LOT of motion!


45 posted on 05/14/2006 2:42:00 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Hildy
My mom tried really hard with me, too. But in my youth for some reason we thought it would be a good idea to take some 'ludes, blow a doobie, grab a couple quarts of beer, and go for a drive.

When I think about it I can't believe I'm still alive.

L

46 posted on 05/14/2006 2:48:32 PM PDT by Lurker (50% of the country is not fit to run a convenience store.)
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To: BenLurkin

" one lady made a sandwich with ice cream, syrup and pretzels"

actually, that doesn't sound too bad. What kind of bread?


47 posted on 05/14/2006 2:57:18 PM PDT by Mercat (It's still Easter and we are the Easter people.)
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To: Gondring

actually, I have used trazadone, tiny sub theraputic dose. And it just quiets down the voices in my mind. opps. shouldn't have said that.


48 posted on 05/14/2006 3:00:18 PM PDT by Mercat (It's still Easter and we are the Easter people.)
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To: Mercat

Well DUH! Sprouted whole wheat. Otherwise it would be unhealthy...


49 posted on 05/14/2006 5:18:39 PM PDT by null and void (Islam wasn't hijacked on 9/11. It was exposed.)
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To: Mercat

We won't tell them you told us...


50 posted on 05/14/2006 5:19:49 PM PDT by null and void (Islam wasn't hijacked on 9/11. It was exposed.)
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