Hackett admits abuse of Stilnox at the end of his swimming career


Olympic champion Grant Hackett battled a “heavy” reliance on the controversial sleeping pill Stilnox towards the end of his swimming career, an investigation has revealed. The pills were administered by swimming officials during meets, including the Olympics.

“At one point they scared me,” he said. “They’re evil.

The overuse was because of a shoulder injury from 2006 onwards and continued grueling training sessions of 16 km a day in the pool. He had problems sleeping and took Stilnox over a “longer than usual period”, the Sunday Telegraph now blasting team doctors et al.

The greatest Olympic swimmer of all time, US superfish Michael Phelps, has openly admitted to using Ambien (the US version of Stilnox) when in heavy training and competition throughout his career.

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