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Darren Sharper case highlights the dangerous weapon that is the sleep drug

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Authorities have explained that the drug known as Ambien can render woman unconscious and ex-NFL player Darren Sharper may have used them to enable him to rape four women.

Long before allegations against Sharper surfaced, the ex-safety filed a worker's compensation claim in California that depicted several health problems following his retirement from professional football.

Sharper listed problems with his knee, hamstring, shoulder and hip. He also described in the claim of 'head sleep' issues which initiated the process of receiving drugs to enable sleep.

The former-NFL star was prescribed with Ambien, which is a sedative used to treat insomnia. Sharper would then go on to use 70 pills in the space of 65 days through January of 2014.

Investigators involved in the rape cases of Darren Sharper have explained how he would slip the pills into the drinks of young women, which would render them unconscious and enable Sharper to perform non-consensual sexual acts on them.

On January 17th, Sharper was arrested by Los Angeles police and was accused of two counts of rape in October and January, Sharper actually had 20 Ambien pills on his possession.

Since Rohypnol was outlawed in 1996, Zolpidem (also known by its brand name Ambien) has become known as one of the most effective 'date-rape' drugs according to police.

California attorney Todd Emmanuel explains the use of Zolpidem: "Ambien has replaced roofies as the rape drug of choice, It is very easy to secrete in liquid like wine, and it has a short half-life, so it is usually difficult to detect."

The stories go from bad to worse for former NFL player Darren Sharper who may face a long period of time behind bars as the rape accusations continue to mount against him.

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