Rohypnol is a powerful sedative used in some countries as a pre-anesthesia prior to surgery. Rohypnol is not legal in the United States. Using the drug as a party drug or as a way to get high is dangerous and can lead to physical and emotional dependence after just a few uses. Rohypnol is in the benzodiazepine family of drugs and works as a central nervous system depressant to change the way to body perceives pain and to produce muscle relaxation and a type of amnesia. That is why Rohypnol has been called the “date-rape drug.” Rohypnol is traditionally colorless and odorless, although the company that produces the drug has recently started making a caplet that is light green with a blue core. Now when it is dissolved in clear liquids the blue core turns the liquid blue. That being said, the blue color may not be as noticeable in darker drinks. This blue dye may not be present in generic versions of the drug yet.
Rohypnol Side Effects
One of the most noticeable and fast-acting side effects of Rohypnol is extreme sedation. That is why it is a popular way to assault women at parties and clubs. Along with sedation, Rohypnol also produces some of the following side effects:
- Impaired motor skills
- Impaired judgment
- Reduced levels of consciousness and even unconsciousness
Long-Term Side Effects of Rohypnol
Rohypnol can lead to many long-term side effects, including problems with depression. Because Rohypnol is a sedative, studies have shown that long-term use of the drug can reduce the ability to learn. Because Rohypnol slows, or depresses the central nervous system, those who are addicted to the drug may suffer from chronic depression after long-term use. Withdrawals are also a side effect of Rohypnol abuse, and it may take more than a week for Rohypnol to completely exit the body. Rohypnol can also cause severe mood swings and violent outbursts, which can increase the likelihood of clinical depression.
Finding Help for Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol is a powerful sedative used in other countries for the short-term treatment of insomnia and as a pre-anesthetic prior to surgery. Rohypnol is illegal for use in the United States. Using the drug for recreational purposes can lead to addiction, depression and can be life threatening. If you or a loved one struggles with Rohypnol addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.