Ambien Culture

Ambien package Like LSD in the '70s, cocaine in the '80s and "club drugs" like Ecstasy in the '90s, prescription pills seem to be this generation's drug of choice.

"The growing abuse of prescription drugs among America's youth has been well documented," according to a Los Angeles Times article. About 2.1 million teens abused prescription drugs in 2005, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The number of teens getting treatment for prescription drug abuse of pain medication in particular has increased by more than 300% during the last 10 years, according to the article.

Access to the medications is not restricted simply because there's a prescription involved. According to the article, many teens obtain the pills by faking symptoms for their doctors or getting them through the Internet or from family members and peers.

From Facebook groups to celebrity exposure, a whole culture seems to be breading from the bizarre behaviors associated with taking the sleep medication Ambien.

Jack Nicholson

Several public figures and celebrities have admitted to taking Ambien, creating a sort of pop culture significance for the common sleep aid. These celebrities include John Stamos, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, among others.

Ambien has even made its way into social networking. Several Facebook groups are dedicated to the sleep aid. The groups have names like, "Ambien is THE SHIT," "I Get Trippy on Ambien" and "i had a crazy night on ambien." Members relay stories about the bizarre things they've done on the medication, including descriptions of hallucinations.

Members of these groups most likely do not represent the majority of Ambien prescribers. However, by gleaning the pages of wall posts from these groups, there is certainly reason to believe that there are a select few who are using their prescription for recreational purposes.

Whether this recreational use will gain popularity is yet to be seen.