Rohypnol a Powerful Sedative Used In Sexual Assaults
Rohypnol is the brand name for the CNS depressant Flunitrazepam. Rohypnol is legally produced outside of the United States but is not legally approved for sale in the U.S. Many people have abused Rohypnol in the U.S. since the 90's though. The chemical make-up Rohypnol is quite similar to Valium and Xanax which are sedative hypnotic drugs.
Rohypnol is prescribed in Latin America and Europe for patients suffering from insomnia and also as a pre-anesthetic medication but is illegal in the United States. Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) is smuggled into the U.S. and sold on the streets to those that abuse it. This is done illegally because this drug is banned in the United States for any medical purposes.
Rohypnol is considered a 'club drug' in the United States and is abused by teens and young adults primarily. This CNS depressant is quite popular among young people especially throughout the party-circuit crowds. Rohypnol is abused in nightclubs, raves and at all night parties and continues to be a drug of choice for many party goers because of the effects and sensations associated with Rohypnol abuse.
Young people aren't the only ones that abuse Rohypnol but they are the majority. In recent years club drugs like Rohypnol have become more popular than ever before. Many times this drug has been used to commit sexual assaults on both men and women.
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Rohypnol Physical Description
At one time Rohypnol was produced in caplet form. There were so many concerns about this drug because of sexual assaults that in 1997 the manufacturer changed the way it was formed and started manufacturing Rohypnol in 2 mg white tablet form.
When Rohypnol was available originally in the old tablet form the problem was the fact that it dissolved in quid and it was impossible to detect. Rohypnol was easily slipped into an alcohol drink or beverage with intentions of sexual assault and the victim had no clue it was in their drink. This happened many times at parties and bars. Now the new caplets are smaller in dosage and are a dull green with a blue center so if they're dissolved in a light colored beverage it will turn the quid a blue color. The problem is that if they're dropped in a darker colored drink they still may not be detectable. Rohypnol is most commonly referred as:
- Forget-me drug
Other street names for Rohypnol includes:
- La rocha
- Forget pill
- Lunch money drug
- Rochas dos
- Mexican Valium
- Forget me pill
Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) Abuse
As stated above many individuals use Rohypnol with the intention of sexual assault against unsuspecting men and women but they aren't the only ones abusing this drug. Many drug users take this drug for the effects that are produced when they abuse it. Teens and young adults around the ages of 13 to 30 abuse Rohypnol when they party and many of them abuse it just to get 'high'. Males abuse Rohypnol more often than women and this drug is commonly found on college campuses. It's also quite popular among high school students.
There are several ways Rohypnol is abused, some drug users swallow the caplets whole, crush them then sniff or 'snort' the powder, or they dissolve the caplet in quid in order to inject it with a needle.
Another reason drug users abuse Rohypnol in the United States is because it eases the depression symptoms associated with stimulant abuse. Drug users that abuse cocaine, methamphetamines, and other stimulants suffer from depression because of their drug abuse. Rohypnol helps to reduce the depression symptoms in the users but it's illegal to do so.
Risks and Dangers Associated with Rohypnol Abuse
Some of the serious dangers associated with Rohypnol abuse include HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other viruses that are blood-borne if injected, Anterograde amnesia (events are forgotten while under the influence-chemically induced amnesia) and many others that are listed below.
- Mental confusion
- Urinary retention
- Intestinal trouble
- Excitability in some people
- Decreased blood pressure
- Vision trouble
- Impaired memory
If mixing Rohypnol with other CNS depressants or alcohol the drug user risks fatal consequences because combining these substances can be lethal.
Rohypnol Addiction and Treatment
Abusing Rohypnol also increases the risk of tolerance, dependence and addiction. Physical and Psychological dependence due to Rohypnol abuse is a risk any drug user takes when choosing to experiment with this depressant drug.
Inpatient detoxification many times is necessary depending on the extent of the drug use as well as the duration of time the abuse has gone on. Withdrawals many times can be life threatening so these symptoms need to be monitored by experience professionals during this time.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is very helpful to the drug user and helps them to change their way of thinking as well as their coping skills related to stress. Addiction Drug Treatment also helps prevent relapse which can be mentally and physically damaging to the drug user.
Recovery from drug abuse and addiction is hard work and requires dedication but in the end it's one of the best choices you could ever make for yourself or someone you love and care about.