Popular sleeping pill increasingly factors in traffic incidents

03/8/2006 | NYTimes.com

The highly popular sleeping pill Ambien increasingly is a factor in traffic arrests, sometimes involving drivers who later have no memory of getting behind the wheel and say they were sleep-driving after taking the medication. The problem appears to be rising as more people take the drug; in Washington state, for instance, Ambien was a factor in 78 impaired driving arrests last year, up from 56 in 2004.

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