Have been watching Nine's World of Sports this morning (I have a thing for Kenny Sutcliffe which is...not relevant here ) and I am absolutely FURIOUS at Gian Rooney's commentary on Stillnox.
Grant Hackett has apparently made a claim that he was addicted to Stillnox in his long running battle to restore his reputation and excuse his recent appalling behaviour. When asked if athletes should be taking sleeping pills, Gian said words to the following:
- That Stillnox is not addictive.
- That taking Stillnox is '100% legal'
- Doctors on the swim team prescribed Stillnox so it was okay.
- That there were no side effect issues that she knew of.
- That she never needed to take it as she didn't have sleeping issues.
- That it was okay for athletes to take it regularly because they needed to maximise their sleep.
I am shocked that she was so flippant about this dangerous drug. I have personally seen people change when taking this drug and I have personally watched someone do things they would not normally do on Stillnox.
And yes, people do get used to taking Stillnox. And other sleeping aids for that matter.
Also, what sort of message are we sending our children when a swimming champion says it's okay to take a sedative or a class A drug? That it's okay to take a drug because it's "100% legal"? Gee, makes me want to get ****ed everyday because alcohol is 100% legal and hey, there are no side effects other than a hangover because everyone drinks right?
Anything taken for sleeping needs to be monitored. It is not something you take with your coffee!! I am just stunned that she was just so casual about it while professing her anger that this issue had been 'blown out of proportion'.
Arrggghhh!I cannot describe my frustration with non educated sports commentators spouting off about issues they know NOTHING about.
Gian, you are officially an IDIOT. Stick to swimming, love.