After the Zimmerman medical history was released there was an outcry from Trayvonites with all sorts of crazy claims – all of them inaccurate anyway. However there were a few things that stood out to me and even now I see some people making statements that are more or less incorrect.
Let me start with the most obvious and that is the prescription of Adderal. For George to be legally taking Adderal he would have been diagnosed with something like ADHD or some other reason where it was thought that Adderal would help. In the case of ADHD the brain seems to be wired differently and without the drug the person has more than a few problems associated with behaviour. The Adderal actually works to calm down those brain waves. How it does that? I have no idea. The only thing I want to point out is that when the drug is properly described in these circumstances it is less likely to cause aggression, however, when it is taken illegally, well that is an entirely different matter.
The next drug on the list is Temazepam, and it is this one I can personally comment upon because I have used it in the past. From what I understood from George’s medical history the Temazepam was prescribed at the time he was staying with his grandmother at the hospital. It was to help him get to sleep. Temazepam is normally prescribed for sleep disorders and yes failing to get to sleep for whatever reason is a sleep disorder. I always took it sparingly. I do not presume to know George’s habit in this matter BUT what I can say is that it is highly unlikely that George would have taken Temazepam and then disappeared to go shopping. It is something that is taken not long before going to bed because of the drowsiness that it causes.
As far as the possible side effects are concerned, such things as “it can cause aggression” is listed as a general side effect. I would doubt that in 99% of cases of those taking Temazepam that the day after taking one tablet to help get them to sleep that they would suddenly be aggressive. For this reason the prescription of Temazepam is a side issue, and there is no evidence that George was continuing to take the drug after it was initially prescribed.
However, there was something else in George’s medical history that I think gives a better understanding of George’s situation. One of the things I noted is that 28 year old George Zimmerman was taking Glucosamine, a substance used by people with arthritis. This did not make sense that someone of George’s age would be using this, and then I discovered that George was diagnosed with sacroiliitis. This is very interesting.
Sacroiliitis is the inflammation of the sacroiliac joint which is a part of the lower back (very close to your butt). I speak from experience here because I have a history of injury in that region and having pain in that area is not much fun. What it means is that doing things like running is difficult. It also means that one has trouble sleeping because of the pressure pain coming from the joint that can affect both left and right sides of the body. This is sort of what George would have been dealing with prior to the beating that he had sustained from Trayvon Martin. The beating itself very likely exacerbated the existing condition.
In my view, considering what is in the medical history there is no reason to assume that George Zimmerman was abusing any medication. On that night he would not have had temazepam in his system because that is not taken until just prior to bed time, if he was even continuing to use it after his grandmother had come out of the hospital. I would suggest that such talk about agression relating to the use of Temazepam is out of place and is not based upon the realities of the case.