Sunday, April 5, 2015

Midazolam in the (bad) News

According to the Spokesman Review, on the afternoon of 7Aug13 a man named Brett Birge "was in the middle of a raging drug blackout" when he hit another car driven by a 21 year old woman and killed her.  What is of interest to me, is what was in his system while he was in his "raging drug blackout".  Can you guess?  Yup, Midazolam, aka Versed.  Isn't that interesting?

Where did Mr. Birge get an anesthesia drug like Versed?  The article doesn't go into that.  It does NOT sound like he was employed with any hospital either, so where in the sam hill did he get his hands on Versed?  I am very interested to know the details of this.  I have an article or two on this blog about how Versed is used to treat seizures and that apparently anybody can get a prescription for Versed to be used in this manner.  My concern was how and where this drug is kept by these people in their private homes?  Is it in the medicine cabinet?  Bedside table?  Refrigerator?  I was concerned that it wasn't under lock and key and that thieves could obtain Versed for nefarious purposes, not to mention the very real possibility of death from overdose.  Apparently my fears were justified.  I hadn't thought about meth heads using Versed and driving around like they were in a bumper car, killing innocent people.

Where did he get it and WHO is responsible for supplying this idiot with a drug like Versed?  Birge claims that he was in a drug blackout for a WEEK!  So he had plenty of Midazolam.  He had the wherewithal to also dose himself with Methamphetamine.  Can you imagine an uninhibited, amnestic Versed user combining that with amphetamines to stay overly stimulated in that state?  "He said he doesn't remember anything" said the father of the victim.  Gee imagine that!  The newspaper should have reported on just why this guy had no memory of events.

Maybe the news could do a better job of describing the effects of Midazolam than this one; "Another drug in his blood, Midazolam, usually is given to patients before surgery to make them sleepy."  No it isn't!  Midazolam is given to patients before surgery so they can stay AWAKE!  All it does is give the patients amnesia (they hope) and make them docile.  That's the whole thing with Midazolam, you are awake and alert by design so that you can follow orders and have your secrets ferreted out for the entertainment of medical staff.  (Yes this is in an article I put up on this blog)  You are NOT asleep.  You are wide awake, the lights are on but nobody is home.  So this is how Mr. Birge managed to kill the young woman, after nearly killing others.  Driving under the influence of Versed/Midazolam.

I hope the police find out who gave Mr. Birge Versed/Midazolam because they are just as culpable as Birge is.  Whether it was a hospital minion or a private citizen with a prescription for Versed, this person or persons need to be tracked down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  I wish that Midazolam would be outlawed here, and everywhere.


  1. It appears midazolam can be purchased over the internet, without a prescription.

    Very scary considering its odorless and tasteless. Don't drink anything unless you know absolutely sure what is in it.

  2. It is scary. I read about a guy who was given Versed in Florida as I recall and ended up giving away his car and his money to the person who drugged him. I haven't heard how that turned out.