It seems that the sleeping drug “Stilnox” has come into the headlines over the past couple of days.
Grant Hackett, Swimming Star of the 2000 & 2004 Olympics and almost star of the 2008 Olympics, has revealed that he was prescribed the drug by the Australian Sw2imming Team doctor from 2003 as he was having problems sleeping.
What was not told to him and what may not have been generally known is that there are side effects.
- Anterograde amnesia
- Hallucinations, through all physical senses, of varying intensity
- Altered thought patterns
- Ataxia or poor motor coordination, difficulty maintaining balance
- and on and on and on! Go read the rest on the Wikipedia site on this link.
The revised medical manual includes a new section dealing with “sleep and relaxation strategies” and officials will be able to search rooms of athletes if they are suspected of using prescription medications at the Games.
So, from the admissions of one troubled athlete who has retired, talking about events from four years ago, there have been sudden and profound changes to the rules Australian athletes are forced to live under.
Just weeks before the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Especially if it can be used to increase advertising power and the credibility of the product.
As I was walking through my local Chemist Shop yesterday I was pleased to note that they have quite a range of products. I was particularly taken by two products I hadn’t seen before.
And I thought to myself, “That is interesting. I wonder. Nah! It couldn’t possibly be linked.”
There is no way that Grant Hackett would be receiving money from Swisse to make the startling revelations above with this precise timing. Or that there is a possibility of an advertising campaign linking Australian Olympic Athletes to a Swisse sleep enhancing product.
So I wandered off to write the Stilnox story above knowing that there will never be any connection between the two thought strands in my mind.
As I wrote just below the bouncing Kangaroos. It is totally unrelated news.