What Is Rohypnol
Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) is a type of benzodiazepine, a class of drugs that depresses the central nervous system. You may have heard of Valium, these are also benzodiazepines used as sedatives and antianxiety agents. Rohypnol was developed as a sleeping aid. It is also used in therapy settings to relax patients and to get them talking. Rohypnol is manufactured in Europe and Latin American and is sold in many countries around the world. These pills are round, white and smaller than aspirin.
Rohypnol is inexpensive and used a lot in the United States, it has become popular with school and college students. Rohypnol is used mostly at parties, and usually taken with alcohol. It has a synergistic effect with other drugs such as alcohol. This means that one drug increases the effect of the other.
Because Rohypnol is colourless, odourless and flavourless, it can be slipped into drinks unnoticed. This is one reason this drug is so dangerous. People may consume it without knowing. It dissolves quickly and takes effect in 20-30 minutes. Its effects can last 8-12 hours. Within the past few years, Rohypnol has become known as the “date rape” drug. People will come home from a party and have no idea what happened to them because they unknowingly ingested Rohypnol, passed out, and woke up several hours later with no memory of the evening.
Although overdoses are rarely fatal, emergency services are sometimes required because Rohypnol can cause a person to vomit, hallucinate, have trouble breathing and fall into a coma. When Rohypnol is combined with alcohol the outcome is usually worse.
Withdrawal symptoms may occur and include headaches, sore muscles, hallucinations, convulsions, and possibly seizures 1-2 weeks after quitting the drug.
Effects And Risks Of Taking Rohypnol
Effects Of Taking Rohypnol:
- Amnesia (memory loss).
- Muscle relaxation.
- An inhibition is when you feel like you can’t do something. When inhibitions are lowered, people feel as if an obstacle has been removed. Therefore, they can talk more freely and feel less shy.
- Trouble breathing.
Risks Of Taking Rohypnol:
- Possibilities of a seizure 1-2 weeks after quitting the drug.
Is Rohypnol Addictive
Continued, repeated use of Rohypnol may result in addiction and although Rohypnol is a sedative, it can cause aggressive behaviour in some people.