Successful Dallas Businessman, John Rod Steele, Was Under The Influence Of Zolpidem When He Committed Suicide

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 27 August 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Prescription Drugs

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Last month, on July 11, husband, father of two, and successful business, John “Rod” Steele committed suicide.

Steele had no history of mental illness or violence. Therefore, it came as a surprise when the 50 year old fatally stabbed himself subsequent to a failed attempt to stab his wife in her sleep.

According to a recently released autopsy report, performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, the substance Zolpidem was found in Steele’s system.

Steele was prescribed the substance, a sleep aid, to remedy his difficulty with sleeping.

Zolpidem is a very powerful sedative-hynoptic substance, generally prescribed to treat insomnia. Zolpidem works by decreasing brain activity to allow the individual to sleep.

As reported by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, .05 milligrams of Zolpidem was found in Steele’s system.

Some common side effects of Zolpidem include: hallucinations; delusions; excessive impulsiveness; impaired reasoning and judgment, and altered thoughts.

Also, many people who have been administered the substance have complained of vivid dreams that involve suicide and heightened aggression.

Steele had no previous history of drug abuse or mental illness, as mentioned above, nor did he have a criminal record.

In fact, Steele was a board member of two local banks in the Dallas area where he lived and he was also a Sunday school teacher at the Methodist church he attended in Dallas.

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DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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