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  • Fort Hood shooter was taking "prescription drugs for depression and anxiety". SSRIs?

    04/04/2014 9:29:47 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 48 replies
    Above Top Secret.com ^ | Apr 3, 2014 | gladtobehere
    Fort Hood shooter was taking "prescription drugs for depression and anxiety". SSRIs? "Lopez was undergoing a variety of treatments for conditions including depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances, McHugh said. He was prescribed drugs that included Ambien, a sleep aid. Lopez was fully examined last month by a psychiatrist. There was no record of any sign he was likely to commit violence against himself or others, according to McHugh. "So the plan (going) forward was just to continue to monitor and treat him as deemed appropriate," he said." They say that he was "prescribed drugs" but only named one, Ambien, which...
  • Kerry Kennedy Says Ambien 'Overtook' Her, Causing Car Crash

    02/27/2014 3:18:36 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 67 replies
    A jury was poised to begin deliberations after Kerry Kennedy told them how she accidentally took prescription sleeping pills that then "overtook" her, causing her to crash her car on a highway. Kennedy, 54, took the stand to testify in her own defense Wednesday in her drugged driving trial. She is accused of driving under the influence of zolpidem, a sleep medication better known as Ambien, and slamming her SUV into a truck on a New York highway in July 2013.One final witness, a forensic pharmacologist, is expected to be called by the defense on Thursday to testify to the...
  • Tom Brokaw Rushed to Charlotte Hospital

    09/06/2012 6:48:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies
    www.mediabistro.com ^ | September 6, 2012 8:36 AM | By Chris Ariens
    NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was taken by ambulance to a Charlotte hospital this morning after an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Brokaw, 72, who stepped down as anchor of “Nightly News” after the 2004 election, has been working a break-neck pace the last two weeks first at the RNC and this week at the DNC. Brokaw has been up early, appearing on “Morning Joe,” then reporting throughout the day and into the night. Last night, he appeared on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News show. An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “On the set of ‘Morning Joe’ this morning, Tom Brokaw...
  • If this had been a Republican... [Democratic Party aide rapes women in D.C.]

    09/02/2012 3:11:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 2, 2012 | Rosslyn Smith
    Would this remain a local DC story if the accused had been staff director of an important committee in a Republican controlled Senate? >>>>A former senior congressional aide was indicted this week in D.C. Superior Court on charges that he sexually assaulted two women after drugging them with a sedative that he allegedly put in their drinks. Donny Ray Williams Jr., 36, who served as staff director for a Senate subcommittee and worked in the offices of several members of Congress, gave at least one woman Ambien and assaulted her while she was unconscious, according to court papers. Williams was...
  • Kerry Kennedy tested positive for Ambien on day of crash, sources say

    07/25/2012 12:32:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    Newsday ^ | July 25, 2012 | Timothy O'Connor
    Kerry Kennedy had the powerful sleeping aid Ambien in her system the day she was found slumped over the steering wheel of her SUV on a Westchester road, sources told Newsday Wednesday after reviewing results of the official blood test.
  • Kerry Kennedy Nabbed For Driving While Impaired By Drugs

    07/13/2012 4:19:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/13/12 | KEN LOVETT
    More bad news for the Kennedys: Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Cuomo and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was arrested Friday morning on drug-related charges. Kennedy was nabbed by State Police after taking off following a collision with a tractor-trailer on I-684 in the town of North Castle in Westchester County. State Police said they found Kennedy, 52, sitting behind the wheel of her disabled 2008 Lexus RS 350 on state Route 22. The car had sustained damage, including a flat tire. An investigation is said to have found Kennedy had been operating the car while her...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Friday, July 13, 2012

    07/13/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 208 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 07/13/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Ex-Commerce Secretary Bryson tested positive for Ambien, D.A. says

    07/03/2012 4:53:30 PM PDT · by opentalk · 61 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 3, 2012 | Robert Faturechi and Andrew Blankstein
    Former Commerce Secretary John Bryson tested positive for the sleeping aid Ambien, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have decided not to file criminal charges against Bryson in connection with two alleged hit-and-run crashes in the San Gabriel Valley last month.(snip)His tests showed “low end of therapeutic levels” and a criminalist could not say if it was a factor in the collisions. Both treating doctors agree he was suffering confusion following a seizure and crashed as a result, according to the memo.
  • Stroke sufferer, 23, woken up by SLEEPING PILL

    12/27/2011 9:35:43 PM PST · by wtd · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12/27/2011 | Lydia Warren
    Doctors believed Sam Goddard would be in permanent vegetative state after eight strokesFiancée who stood by him discovered Ambien had helped other sufferers Read more: here
  • Lindsay Lohan will be able to take drugs in jail: report

    07/22/2010 2:40:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 21, 2010 | POST WIRE SERVICES
    LOS ANGELES -- Looks like Lindsay Lohan can continue to take drugs while in jail. It's OK since LiLo has a doctor's note allowing her to take daily doses to deal with ADHD and insomnia. TMZ.com reported today that Lohan's prescriptions were being processed hours after she was sent away for her 90-days sentence. She'll be allowed to take Adderall, a psychostimulant used to treat ADHD, and Ambien sleeping pills. The allowance is ironic since it's prescription drugs that have gotten Lohan "into this mess in the first place," TMZ reported. Smoking, however, is not allowed.
  • Delta Flight 273 Passenger Charged with Interfering with Flight Crew and Making...

    04/29/2010 12:21:54 AM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 613+ views
    Boston.FBI.gov ^ | April 28, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Delta Flight 273 Passenger Charged with Interfering with Flight Crew and Making False Bomb Threats on Aircraft BANGOR, ME—Derek Michael Stansberry, a U.S. citizen and resident of Riverview, Fla., was charged today in a criminal complaint in the District of Maine with interfering with flight crew members and willfully making false threats about an explosive device on an aircraft, U.S. Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced. Stansberry, 27, a passenger on Delta flight 273 from Paris to Atlanta on April 27, 2010, was arrested yesterday after the flight was diverted to Bangor, Maine, in...
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy: Federal Funding of Abortion Is ‘Not a Question of Morality’

    03/26/2010 5:42:49 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 47 replies · 766+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 3/26/2010 | Karen Schuberg
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), a professed Roman Catholic, told CNSNews.com Wednesday that federal funding of health plans that cover elective abortions is “not a question of morality” but “a matter of health -- public health.” “Obviously there’s going to be some legal decisions that are going to be coming forward, I’m sure, that are going to adjudicate this,” Kennedy said at the Capitol. “But obviously, we’ve got to protect women’s health. Half of our population are women, and -- this is a matter of public health. He added: “It’s not a question of morality or anything; it’s...
  • Patrick Kennedy leaves note for Ted on gravesite: "Dad, the unfinished business is done."

    03/24/2010 7:51:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 171 replies · 2,546+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | March 24, 2010 | Philip Rucker and Eli Saslow
    The political odyssey of health care reform in many ways is the story of Ted Kennedy, and as President Obama signed the historic bill into law Tuesday, Kennedy's gravesite was a place of quiet celebration and poignant reflection. The late senator's widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, spent hours Sunday at the simple white cross at Arlington National Cemetery marking where her husband was laid to rest only seven months ago. Ted Kennedy's youngest son, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), visited on Monday morning and left a hand-written note that read: "Dad, the unfinished business is done." And on a dreary...
  • Great Speeches: Patrick Kennedy

    03/13/2010 3:58:27 PM PST · by Bon mots · 15 replies · 584+ views
    Liveleak ^ | March 13, 2010 | me
    What an emotional speaker. When you watch this video of this impassioned speech, you can only wonder who on earth voted for this hysterical cretin. Patrick Kennedy Speech If you've not seen this guy speak, watch this. It's almost as funny as a speech by Caroline Kennedy. Another brilliant Kennedy speech by Caroline ummm, you know, ummm Kennedy:Caroline ummm, you know, Kennedy
  • Kennedy calls departure from the House a ‘sabbatical’

    03/12/2010 11:16:38 AM PST · by NMEwithin · 44 replies · 878+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | 3/12/2010 | Donita Naylor
    A Washington Post report about U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy’s decision to retire quotes the Rhode Island congressman as saying he is not leaving for good what the Post calls “the family business.” “I consider it taking a sabbatical,” Kennedy told Post reporter Philip Rucker. Rucker’s story, posted Thursday afternoon on www.WashingtonPost.com, said Kennedy “will transfer his roughly $500,000 in campaign funds to an interest-bearing account, which he says he might tap if he chooses to run for the Senate some day.” Kennedy spokesman Adam Brand suggested in an e-mail exchange with the Providence Journal that, while Kennedy’s campaign fund...
  • Someone Get Patrick Kennedy An Ambien, and Fast

    I’m not quite sure what’s more amazing, that Patrick Kennedy put together multiple quasi-coherent thoughts, or that he did it while sober. But for real someone get this guy an Ambien. We know he has medical issues within his family and he’s just going to wind up giving himself a heart attack.
  • The wheels are coming off - Patrick Kennedy and Family

    02/05/2010 9:25:14 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 91 replies · 3,452+ views
    BostonHerald.com ^ | Saturday, February 6, 2010 | By Howie Carr
    Patches, if your name were - no, I take that back. Patches, you are a joke, period. You are the runt of the litter of the runt of the litter. And the applejack didn’t fall far from the tree.
  • Report: Patrick Kennedy calls Brown's candidacy a ‘joke’

    02/05/2010 9:40:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 106 replies · 2,858+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 5, 2010
    The son of the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy has criticized Senator Scott Brown for accelerating his swearing-in, saying it showed Brown's candidacy was "a joke," a publication that covers Capitol Hill reports. Representative Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat from Rhode Island whose father held Brown's seat for 47 years until his death last year, said Thursday that "Brown's whole candidacy was shown to be a joke today when he was sworn in early in order to cast his first vote as an objection to Obama's appointment to the NLRB," according to The Hill's Blog Briefing Room. "Senator Brown is...
  • Do Not View This Caroline Video While Operating Heavy Machinery

    12/18/2008 6:02:25 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies · 2,135+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    --or driving a motor vehicle, as dangerous grogginess may result. After her underwhelming—some might say disastrous—foray into my upstate New York neck of the woods, you might have expected Caroline Kennedy to put in a peppier performance when she returned to the friendly confines of New York City. But Kennedy's statement after her meeting with Al Sharpton today was as soporific as a handful of Ambiens washed down with a slug of Stolichnaya. How bad? Enough that even Chris Matthews was left wondering on this evening's Hardball whether Caroline had displayed the requisite "starch," "gut passion" and political "bug." View...
  • Barack Better Than Ambien?

    08/20/2008 10:13:58 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 115+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Remember the good old days? Back during the Dem primaries? When Barack Obama was such an electrifying speaker that women were regularly fainting at his rallies? Ah, how times have changed. Instead of knocking them out with his other-worldly aura, Obama's now . . . putting them to sleep. Check out the woman in the lower-right hand corner of the screencap, seen on CNN today during a live broadcast of Obama on the stump in Virginia. No, I didn't catch her in mid-blink. She actually dozed off just as Obama was ventilating on the horrors of the Bush economy. View...
  • Girlfriend: [NIU] Shooter was taking cocktail of 3 drugs

    02/20/2008 3:31:12 PM PST · by do not press 2 for spanish · 146 replies · 502+ views
    CNN Special Investigations Unit ^ | 2/20/2008 | Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost
    Steven Kazmierczak had been taking three drugs prescribed for him by his psychiatrist, the Northern Illinois University gunman's girlfriend told CNN. Jessica Baty said Steven Kazmierczak was irritable but not erratic before his shooting rampage. Jessica Baty said Tuesday that her boyfriend of two years had been taking Xanax, used to treat anxiety, and Ambien, a sleep agent, as well as the antidepressant Prozac. Baty said the psychiatrist prescribed the medications, a fact that made her so "nervous" that she tried to persuade Kazmierczak to stop taking one of the drugs.
  • Reports of Gunman’s Use of Antidepressant Renew Debate Over Side Effects (NIU shooting)

    02/20/2008 2:37:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 28 replies · 217+ views
    NYT ^ | 2-19-08 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Steven P. Kazmierczak stopped taking Prozac before he shot to death five Northern Illinois University students and himself, his girlfriend said Sunday in a remark likely to fuel the debate over the risks and benefits of drug treatment for emotional problems. A funeral on Monday in Cicero, Ill., for Catalina Garcia, 20, who was one of five students killed in a shooting Thursday in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University. Over the years, the antidepressant Prozac and its cousins, including Paxil and Zoloft, have been linked to suicide and violence in hundreds of patients. Tens of millions of people...
  • Suspect set fires while taking sleep aid, defense says (Ambien)

    06/28/2007 6:27:58 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 18 replies · 575+ views
    wcnc.com ^ | 06/28/07 | FRANCES KUO / WCNC
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The string of fires terrorized the Dilworth neighborhood for weeks. Thursday morning, the suspect is due in court, and victims may finally get some closure. Police arrested Susan Davidson in May 2006 for allegedly torching four different homes in Dilworth, including her own. At the time, Davidson was also suspected in setting 11 other fires. Police point to several pieces of evidence linking her to the fires. They also said she told investigators details about the fires which were not revealed to the media or neighbors. Meantime, Davidson’s lawyer said she was taking the sleep aid Ambien...
  • 'Ambien' defense causing headaches for prosecutors

    04/27/2007 3:49:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 1,442+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 27, 2007 | Bob Barr
    THE SENSELESS murder of almost three dozen students at Virginia Tech is a profound tragedy. Yet, already some pundits are jumping on that bandwagon which often emerges in the wake of a human tragedy in modern America -- responsibility avoidance. Yes, the blame-shifting has already begun. Barely had Seung-Hui Cho completed his carnage by taking his own wretched life, than those seeking to divert focus from the tortured mind of a mentally deranged young man were declaring that responsibility for the carnage lay not with the individual who perpetrated it, but rather with the system that gave him the tools...
  • FDA says pills can cause 'sleep-driving'

    03/14/2007 11:16:00 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 30 replies · 884+ views
    Business Week ^ | March 14, 2007
    FDA says pills can cause 'sleep-driving' All prescription sleeping pills may sometimes cause sleep-driving, federal health officials warned Wednesday, almost a year after the bizarre side effect first made headlines when Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his car after taking Ambien. It's a more complicated version of sleepwalking, but behind the wheel: getting up in the middle of the night and going for a drive -- with no memory of doing so. The Food and Drug Administration wouldn't say exactly how many cases of sleep-driving it had linked to insomnia drugs, but neurology chief Dr. Russell Katz said the agency uncovered...
  • Sleep medication linked to bizarre behaviour

    02/07/2007 5:31:11 AM PST · by kinoxi · 20 replies · 722+ views
    NewScientist.com news service ^ | 06 February 2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    New evidence has linked a commonly prescribed sleep medication with bizarre behaviours, including a case in which a woman painted her front door in her sleep. UK and Australian health agencies have released information about 240 cases of odd occurrences, including sleepwalking, amnesia and hallucinations among people taking the drug zolpidem. While doctors say that zolpidem can offer much-needed relief for people with sleep disorders, they caution that these newly reported cases should prompt a closer look at its possible side effects.
  • Brain-damaged woman must be given 'wake-up' pill, orders judge

    11/20/2006 1:49:59 PM PST · by presidio9 · 157 replies · 3,361+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/20/06 | LUCY BALLINGER
    A judge has rejected a family's plea that a 53-year-old woman in a vegetative state should be allowed to die. He has ordered instead that she should be given a drug that could wake her up. Theoretically the patient could then spend the rest of her life severely disabled and aware of her condition. Sir Mark Potter, president of the High Court Family Division, says the woman should be given zolpidem, a common sleeping pill. It has been used before on victims of severe brain damage who have then regained consciousness. The woman, who cannot be named, suffered a massive...
  • Sleeping pills offer wake-up call to vegetative patients Drug could overcome brain shutdown...

    05/23/2006 5:14:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,187+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 23 May 2006 | Michael Hopkin
    Close window Published online: 23 May 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060522-9 Sleeping pills offer wake-up call to vegetative patients Drug could overcome brain shutdown caused by trauma.Michael Hopkin Clinical researchers have discovered that they can rouse semi-comatose patients by giving them, bizarrely, a common sleeping drug. If more wide-ranging tests are successful, the drug could become the first effective treatment for 'persistent vegetative state', the condition at the centre of the US legal battle over sufferer Terri Schiavo last year. British and South African doctors have reported the cases of three semi-comatose patients who were revived for several hours at a...
  • Reborn (Schiavo supporters may have been right.)

    09/16/2006 8:44:44 AM PDT · by Jawn33 · 232 replies · 4,756+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | September 12 2006 | Helen Pidd
    Perhaps the last word should go to Pat Flores, the mother of George Melendez, the 31-year-old coma patient who reassured his parents that he wasn't in pain after taking Ambien, as zolpidem is known in the US. He was starved of oxygen when his car overturned and he landed face down in a garden pond near his home in Houston, Texas, in 1998. "The doctors said he was clinically dead - one said he was a vegetable," says Pat. "After three weeks he suffered multi-organ failure and they said his body would ultimately succumb. They said he would never regain...
  • Reborn [Pill reverses "vegetative state"]

    09/11/2006 8:17:41 PM PDT · by aculeus · 363 replies · 6,240+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | September 12, 2006 | by Steve Boggan
    We have always been told there is no recovery from persistent vegetative state - doctors can only make a sufferer's last days as painless as possible. But is that really the truth? Across three continents, severely brain-damaged patients are awake and talking after taking ... a sleeping pill. And no one is more baffled than the GP who made the breakthrough. Steve Boggan witnesses these 'strange and wonderful' rebirths For three years, Riaan Bolton has lain motionless, his eyes open but unseeing. After a devastating car crash doctors said he would never again see or speak or hear. Now his...
  • Reborn (Zolpidem - "Ambien" - brings people out of Persistent Vegetative State")

    09/13/2006 11:34:27 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies · 1,330+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | September 12, 2006 | Steve Boggan
    We have always been told there is no recovery from persistent vegetative state - doctors can only make a sufferer's last days as painless as possible. But is that really the truth? ...For three years, Riaan Bolton has lain motionless, his eyes open but unseeing. After a devastating car crash doctors said he would never again see or speak or hear. Now his mother, Johanna, dissolves a pill in a little water on a teaspoon and forces it gently into his mouth. Within half an hour, as if a switch has been flicked in his brain, Riaan looks around his...
  • Pat K faithful flooding R.I. GOP with ‘hate mail’

    06/07/2006 12:19:28 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 19 replies · 918+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 06/07/06 | Dave Wedge
    Rhode Island Republicans have received piles of “hate mail” from supporters of U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, angry that the GOP has called for the troubled six-term congressman to step down. “This has clearly hit a raw nerve somewhere,” Rhode Island GOP spokesman Chuck Newton told the Herald.“We’ve received mountains of hate mail from all over.” Most of the letters and emails include angry and in some cases obscene tirades blasting party leaders for pushing for Kennedy’s ouster as a result of his legal troubles, Newton said. Republicans initially called for Kennedy to step down the day after he slammed...
  • Can Ambien Wake Up PVS Patients?

    05/24/2006 5:14:02 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 17 replies · 2,409+ views
    American Journal of Bioethics blog ^ | May 23, 2006 | Editors, AMJB
    Can Ambien Wake Up PVS Patients? The Guardian gives credence to a case report concerning three patients purportedly diagnosed in PVS for more than three years who were "aroused transiently every morning after zolpidem," a sleeping pill. That would be Ambien. The report, by Clauss and Nel, of Royal Surrey County Hospital and of Family Practice of Pollack Park South Africa, was published in this month's issue of Neurorehabilitation. There are 26 million annual prescriptions for Ambien, most of which are probably not to patients in a persistent vegetative state. Recall that Ambien is oft reported to cause odd behavior...
  • TEENS 'ZOMBIE' PILL FAD: ABUSING AMBIEN (Kennedy drug used as party-sex enhancer)

    05/14/2006 9:48:55 AM PDT · by Liz · 65 replies · 8,834+ views
    NY POST ^ | 5/14/06 | SUSANNAH CAHALAN and SUSAN EDELMAN
    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...
  • Between Addiction and Abstinence

    05/09/2006 11:08:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 831+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    A HUMILIATING accident. An apparent memory lapse. A sudden, emotional confession. Representative Patrick Kennedy's car crash on Capitol Hill early Thursday and a news conference a day later had a familiar rhythm, especially for those who study addiction or know it firsthand. Mr. Kennedy, a six-term Democrat from Rhode Island, said that his addiction was to prescription medication and that he planned to seek treatment at an addiction clinic, as he had done before. "I struggle every day with this disease, as do millions of Americans," said Mr. Kennedy, who is 38. But will a cure that apparently didn't take...
  • What Was Patrick Kennedy Wearing?

    05/08/2006 6:24:29 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 37 replies · 15,124+ views
    Denny Scaffer in Atlanta brought up an interesting question today on his talk show. What was Patrick Kennedy wearing the night of his accident? For someone claiming to have risen from bed thinking he needed to rush to the Capitol to cast a vote, was he wearing his SpongeBob Sqarepants pajamas? Or was he still dressed in the clothes he wore the day before? Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Officer Disciplined in Kennedy Crash (Too late boys)

    05/06/2006 1:43:39 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 201 replies · 5,276+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5 May 2006 | Lisa Stark and Mary Walsh
    Investigation Continues as Congressman Enters Mayo Clinic May 5, 2006 — Capitol Police have taken disciplinary action against a watch commander for the handling of Rep. Patrick Kennedy's car accident, acting Capitol Police Chief Christopher McGaffin said. Lou Cannon of of the Fraternal Order of Police for the District of Columbia said there are questions about whether Rep. Patrick Kennedy received special treatment. (ABC News) McGaffin said the incident was improperly delayed due to "poor judgment" on the part of police managers and that a field sobriety test should have been administered to Kennedy after his car hit a barrier...
  • Snooze alarm: The pill that drove us to sleep

    05/06/2006 5:02:58 AM PDT · by libstripper · 26 replies · 1,184+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2006 | Hank Stuever
    WASHINGTON - Zolpidem tartrate, the sedative-hypnotic better known to wide-awake, stressed-out sheet kickers as Ambien, is an efficacious little helper if you ever thought you might go crazy from not sleeping. It's "Goodnight Moon" for grown-ups. You should take it only with some Charlie Rose. Now it's also become the new explanation for that which goes bump in the night: I took an Ambien, Americans are saying, and then I don't know exactly what happened.
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 05-06-2006

    05/06/2006 12:19:28 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 199+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-06-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Have you heard 'bout Patrick Kennedy? His escapades, high comedy! "Forgive me, I've sinned." Four sheets to the wind? Or an "Ambien"-ce like Uncle Ted-dy?
  • Some Sleeping Pill Users Range Far Beyond Bed

    05/05/2006 3:22:52 PM PDT · by opinionator · 51 replies · 1,013+ views
    NYT ^ | March 8, 2006 | STEPHANIE SAUL
    With a tendency to stare zombie-like and run into stationary objects, a new species of impaired motorist is hitting the roads: the Ambien driver. Ambien, the nation's best-selling prescription sleeping pill, is showing up with regularity as a factor in traffic arrests, sometimes involving drivers who later say they were sleep-driving and have no memory of taking the wheel after taking the drug. In some state toxicology laboratories Ambien makes the top 10 list of drugs found in impaired drivers. Wisconsin officials identified Ambien in the bloodstreams of 187 arrested drivers from 1999 to 2004. And as a more people...
  • Kennedy case puts Ambien again under spotlight

    05/05/2006 11:57:52 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 56 replies · 1,061+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 5/5/06 | Kim Dixon
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (news, bio, voting record)'s statement that he used Sanofi-Aventis's sleep drug Ambien, to explain how he might have been involved in a late-night car crash, has led to renewed attention on the drug's possible side-effects. The Rhode Island Democrat had also taken the prescription nausea drug phenergan before crashing his car into a security barrier in Washington D.C. early Thursday morning. Nobody was hurt but the incident has intensified questioning about whether the drug causes side-effects like sleepwalking and binge eating, and how prevalent they are. "There is white hot attention on this...
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy to Hold News Conference at 3 P.M. 5/05/06 (Live Thread)

    05/05/2006 10:50:14 AM PDT · by kristinn · 701 replies · 19,672+ views
    Friday, May 5, 2006 | Kristinn
    CNN reports Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. in Washington, D.C. to discuss his recent traffic incident on Capitol Hill.
  • Pat cites pills in car wreck [Witness: He was drinking]

    05/05/2006 7:08:40 AM PDT · by aculeus · 159 replies · 3,870+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 5, 2006 | By Dave Wedge
    WASHINGTON -U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy insisted yesterday that he had consumed “no alcohol” before he slammed his Mustang convertible into a concrete barrier near his office, but a hostess at a popular Capitol Hill watering hole told the Herald she saw him drinking in the hours before the crash. “He was drinking a little bit,” said the woman, who works at the Hawk & Dove and would not give her name. Leaving his office late last night, Kennedy refused to say whether he’d been to the Hawk & Dove the night before. Earlier in the evening, Kennedy issued a statement...
  • Patrick Kennedy Crash Second in Three Weeks

    05/05/2006 7:27:52 AM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 81 replies · 3,502+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | May 5, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Patrick Kennedy's Capitol Hill car crash in the early hours of Thursday morning was the second vehicular mishap suffered by the Rhode Island Democrat in three weeks. Appearing on ABC Radio's Mark Levin Show last night, WRKO Boston radio host Howie Carr detailed the earlier accident, which went unnoted outside of the local press in Providence, Rhode Island. "The accident wasn't reported in the newspapers until almost a week after it happened," Carr complained in his own Boston Herald column last week. "The story ended up in the D section of the Providence Journal, under the East Bay Sports Bulletin...
  • Kennedy Blames Accident on Sleep Medicine

    05/04/2006 7:06:03 PM PDT · by Jean S · 635 replies · 19,040+ views
    AP ^ | 5/4/06 | ANDREW MIGA
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness. Kennedy, D-R.I., addressed the issue after a spate of news reports. His initial statement said: "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident."'Later, however, he issued a longer statement saying the attending physician for Congress had prescribed Phenergan on Tuesday to treat Kennedy's gastroenteritis.Kennedy said he returned to his Capitol Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes...
  • Semi-News: Senator Kennedy to Sue Over Ambien Side Effects

    03/24/2006 2:44:14 PM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies · 955+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 23 March 2006 | John Semmens
    The sleeping pill Ambien appears to unleash primitive desires to eat in some patients. It’s even been linked to unconscious food forays that cause these hapless souls to wolf down thousands of calories in the wee hours. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) asserts that he is one of those “hapless souls.” “For years I have been plagued by nightmares where I have this sensation of drowning,” said Kennedy. “I have taken Ambien to help me sleep. Over this same time period I have become grotesquely obese. Once I was a svelte heart-throb, able to establish close working relationships with my staff—especially...
  • Sleeping pill’s side effects could cause rude awakening (Ambien)

    03/16/2006 6:42:34 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 60 replies · 1,686+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | March 16, 2006 | Beth Teitell
    Unless you’ve spent the last 24 hours snoozing, you’ve probably heard the big news: Ambien, the sleeping pill, seems to “unlock a primitive desire to eat in some patients.” It’s even been linked to “unconscious food forays” that cause these hapless souls to wolf down thousands of calories in the wee hours, and wake with no recollection of the binge - and mysteriously snug pajamas... And Ambinging isn’t the only alleged side effect. There are reports of people holding entire conversations while they sleep, adding Ambi-talking to drunk dialing and drunk-Berrying to the list of roadkill in Progress’ wake.
  • Study Links Ambien Use to Unconscious Food Forays

    03/14/2006 7:41:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 1,123+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 14, 2006 | STEPHANIE SAUL
    The sleeping pill Ambien seems to unlock a primitive desire to eat in some patients, according to emerging medical case studies that describe how the drug's users sometimes sleepwalk into their kitchens, claw through their refrigerators like animals and consume calories ranging into the thousands. The next morning, the night eaters remember nothing about their foraging. But they wake up to find telltale clues: mouthfuls of peanut butter, Tostitos in their beds, kitchen counters overflowing with flour, missing food, and even lighted ovens and stoves. Some are so embarrassed, they delay telling anyone, even as they gain weight. "These people...
  • A New Sleeping Sickness Is Haunting Highways (the Ambien driver)

    03/07/2006 8:06:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 98 replies · 2,334+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 8, 2006 | STEPHANIE SAUL
    With a tendency to stare zombie-like and run into stationary objects, a new species of impaired motorist is hitting the roads: the Ambien driver. Ambien, the nation's best-selling prescription sleeping pill, is showing up with regularity as a factor in traffic arrests, sometimes involving drivers who later say they were sleep-driving and have no memory of taking the wheel after taking the drug. In some state toxicology laboratories Ambien makes the top 10 list of drugs found in impaired drivers. Wisconsin officials identified Ambien in the bloodstreams of 187 arrested drivers from 1999 to 2004. And as a more people...
  • Putting a Price on a Good Night's Sleep

    01/13/2004 11:22:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 2,138+ views
    NY Yimes | January 13, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Americans are about to be reminded again how much they need sleep — and sleeping pills. A new effort appears to be developing to expand the use of sleeping pills, which because of their potential for abuse have long had a reputation as being in some ways more dangerous than the insomnia they are meant to treat. Some sleep experts say newer pills are safer than the ones that once caused deaths from overdose. Moreover, some say, there is growing evidence that insomnia is a serious medical condition, not just a nuisance. "Slowly, we are beginning to identify that insomnia...