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02-25-2013, 10:35 AM
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Insomnia drug Ambien being abused by NHL players?

Professional hockey players are no exception. Many have trouble sleeping and turn to prescription drugs such as Ambien. But like any other drug, Ambien can be abused and lead to harm. On May 13, 2011, New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead at age 27 from an overdose of alcohol and drugs, including Ambien. According to The New York Times, Boogaard had as many as 25 prescriptions for the sleep aid from 10 doctors.

When it came to problems associated with sleep, the NHL has had its wake-up call. The league, in accord with the NHL Players' Association, instituted rules this past offseason related to getting enough rest as part of its new collective bargaining agreement. Among them: Players must receive at least four days off per month during the season. Previously, days off were at the coach's discretion. Also, from the time a team's plane lands after a flight, no practice can be started before at least nine hours has elapsed.

The NHL and NHLPA formed a joint committee to study the use of Ambien by league players, and will make recommendations for monitoring and controls based on its findings by June 30.

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