The media made a big deal out of Trayvon Martin having weed in his system, but they continue to discount what George Zimmerman had in his body.
Last week when Zimmerman’s medical records were released, it was revealed that he was on the prescription drug Temazepam.
Temazepam, also known as Restoril, is known to cause insomnia and anxiety; however there are more important side effects that were not mentioned.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the drug is also known to cause “aggressiveness” and “hallucinations,” among other problematic symptoms.
As Reported by the U.S. NLM:
After taking Temazepam, patients should not be walking around trying to watch anything or anyone. They are cautioned that if they do not sleep for at least 7-8 hours after taking the drug, they may experience memory loss.
Zimmerman was also on the often-abused prescription drug Adderall, which is known to cause “worsening mental or mood problems (eg, aggression, anxiety, delusions, depression, hallucination, hostility).”
How will this affect the case? According Newsone who spoke with Steven J. Topazio, Attorney-at-Law, voluntary drug use does not excuse criminal acts:
“Defendants who commit crimes under the influence of drugs sometimes argue that their mental functioning was so impaired that they should not be held accountable for their conduct.
Generally, however, voluntary impairment does not excuse criminal conduct, since people know or should know that drugs affect mental functioning, and they should therefore be held legally responsible if they commit crimes as a result of their voluntary use.
An exception to this rule may exist in cases involving a crime that requires “specific intent,” in which the offender must have intended the precise result that occurred but arguably could not have formed that intent in his or her drugged state.
The prescription drugs that Zimmerman were taking had much more dangerous affects than a little bit of marijuana.