They'll have to take the pills from my cold, dead hands
Marijuana lobbyist Bob Barr argues that a spate of "responsibility avoidance" defenses based on the effect of drugs has encouraged criminals planning on crime to take Ambien as anticipatory defense. Patrick Kennedy argued Ambien made him crash his car into the capitol. People have complained of waking surrounded by crumbs and wrappers and concluded the drug made them eat in their sleep. The Drug Law Blog thinks Barr's fears are overblown, but a school board president blames Ambien for attacking his former wife and her boyfriend at her home without a realizing it. Full disclosure: no Ambien was consumed in drafting this blog post.
"What happens is the patients get out of bed, walk to the kitchen, prepare food -- often sloppily, and often with strange, high-calorie ingredients," Silber tells WebMD. "They have microwave food sometimes. They eat in a very sloppy way, either in the kitchen or after taking the food back to bed. And they have no memory of it. They wake to find a mess in the kitchen or crumbs in the bed."