Research

Current research into Rohypnol use and abuse.

What Makes Rohypnol Different from other Substances?

What Makes Rohypnol Different from other Substances?

Rohypnol, or flunitrazepam, is a unique substance that differs from several other drugs abused today. Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine, so it has similar chemical properties as other sedative-hypnotic drugs like Xanax or Valium; however, Rohypnol has not been approved for use in the United States. While the drug may be effective at treating insomnia and other health issues, the drug has high risk for...

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Rohypnol Addiction and the Middle East

Rohypnol Addiction and the Middle East

Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed for short-term use. It works by enhancing the effect of neurotransmitters on the brain to create a sense of calm. Legal uses of Rohypnol include the following: Hypnotic Sedative Anticonvulsant Skeletal muscle relaxant When taken for brief periods of time and under medical oversight, Rohypnol is relatively safe and carries little risk of overdose....

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History of Rohypnol Addiction

History of Rohypnol Addiction

Rohypnol (sometimes known as a “Roofie”) is a brand name of flunitrazepam, a benzodiazepine similar to Valium, but 7 to 10 times stronger. Although usage or production of this drug is illegal in the US, some nations have legalized the drug to treat insomnia, to anesthetize patients and to curb pain. Addiction and overdose cause problems similar to benzodiazepine addictions, but professional...

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Rohypnol and Sleep Disorders

Rohypnol and Sleep Disorders

Getting the right amount of sleep for your body is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Sleep disorders can negatively affect work performance, relationships, physical health, mental health and mood. This is why many people turn to sedatives to help them rest well and feel better, even if it means using Rohypnol, a sedative that is no longer approved for medical treatment in the U.S. But Rohypnol...

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Demographic Influences on Rohypnol Abuse

Demographic Influences on Rohypnol Abuse

Rohypnol is a powerful sedative in the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. While it is intended to treat insomnia and function as an anesthetic before surgery, the relatively common abuse of Rohypnol by sexual predators has caused it to be widely known as the “date-rape drug.”  It is also used at parties to enhance the effects of alcohol and cause users to lose their inhibitions and...

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Rohypnol Abuse and Anxiety

Rohypnol Abuse and Anxiety

Rohypnol is the brand name for the powerful benzodiazepine flunitrazepam, a sedative hypnotic that was originally developed to treat severe insomnia. Rohypnol is commonly known as “the date rape drug,” because of publicized stories of men slipping the drug to women to facilitate sexual assault. When combined with alcohol, Rohypnol causes amnesia and a passive state in which people are...

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How Cost and Availability Influence Rohypnol Use

How Cost and Availability Influence Rohypnol Use

Rohypnol is the trade name for a medication called flunitrazepam, a benzodiazepine that acts on the central nervous system (CNS). Benzodiazepines act as CNS depressants, producing sedative-hypnotic effects, and are used legally to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures and alcohol withdrawal. Rohypnol is a drug with a high potential for addiction. As with all benzodiazepines, it can take just two...

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Rohypnol Use on College Campuses

Rohypnol Use on College Campuses

Rohypnol is a type of benzodiazepine that was originally used in countries outside the U.S. for its sedative effects. Because it makes a person forget events around the time the drug was taken, it is sometimes used as an anesthetic for surgery. People also abuse the drug for its euphoric effects. Rohypnol is a popular drug to use at parties on college campuses. It is used in much the same way as...

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The Relationship between Homelessness and Rohypnol Addiction

The Relationship between Homelessness and Rohypnol Addiction

If individuals are abusing Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), they are using the drug illegally as Rohypnol is neither manufactured nor approved for medical use in the United States. Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that produces a sedative hypnotic effect on a person, resulting in short-term memory loss. The drug is most often referred to as the date rape drug because the victim is unable to defend or recall...

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Rohypnol Abuse Rates in Australia

Rohypnol Abuse Rates in Australia

Rohypnol is a psychotropic drug that is illegal in many countries. This is because the benzodiazepine is known for its mind and mood-altering properties, along with the sedative effects. However, in countries where it is legal the drug is often prescribed to address insomnia or bouts of anxiety. Australia is one such country where the drug has legal prescriptions, but its residents also abuse...

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