The sleep aid Ambien (also known as Zolpidem) was introduced to the world in the 1990’s as a cure for insomnia. If you have ever struggled with insomnia, you know how torturous it can be. When you can’t sleep, your whole world gets turned upside down. You don’t function properly and you struggle to execute even the simplest of tasks due to fatigue.
When Ambien was introduced on the U.S. market, hundreds of thousands of insomniacs turned to the drug for relief, which is only available with a prescription from a doctor. Many swore by the fast-acting sleep aid, convinced they had found the cure to their condition.
The problem was, the drug had some strange side effects. Many people would report doing things in their sleep that they didn’t remember the next day – like eating, sleepwalking, and even driving. Shockingly, in 2009, a man even killed eight people under the influence of Ambien and had no recollection of it.
Zolpidem Abuse Is Prevalent Among Those Who Enjoy The High
Zolpidem quickly got a reputation for being a dangerous drug with negative consequences. People were warned about the side effects the drug might cause and many were scared to take it as a sleep aid. However; there was another side effect reported from taking Ambien that has been problematic – it can be used as a recreational drug that gets you high. When this news spread, many people began abusing Ambien.
Ambien is a sedative drug with a tranquilizing effect that induces sleep. If you take Zolpidem and stay awake, however; you will feel a chemically induced buzz that feels a lot like the popular benzodiazepine drug Xanax. For this reason, Ambien abuse has become a significant problem in the United States.
Those who take Zolpidem for kicks say the drug relaxes them and makes them feel calm and tranquil. The thing is, those who abuse Ambien often engage in bizarre and unexplained behavior. Ambien distorts reality and can cause people to stumble around in a drug-induced haze where they do strange things like set fires, make messes, engage in unprotected sex, or take a shower with their clothes on.
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