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Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Drugs Along the Potomac
First it was Rush....

Colin Powell in an interview with a Saudi newspaper:

A Memorial to Politics (washingtonpost.com):
"'So do you use sleeping tablets to organize yourself?' Al-Rashed asked.

'Yes. Well, I wouldn't call them that,' Powell said. 'They're a wonderful medication -- not medication. How would you call it? They're called Ambien, which is very good. You don't use Ambien? Everybody here uses Ambien. [emphasis mine]'"

How would you call it? Here's how the manufacturer calls it: Ambien is the #1 prescribed sleep aid in America. They also say
AMBIEN is classified as a Schedule IV substance by government regulation. Please ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about this. People who abuse prescription sleep aids may become dependent. When you first start taking AMBIEN, use extreme care while doing anything that requires complete alertness until you know how you will react to this medication.
Some special concerns that may arise while taking sleep medicines include memory problems, tolerance, dependence, withdrawal, and changes in behavior and thinking.

I really, really wonder who he means when he says "Everybody here uses Ambien".

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