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 have a good time. Users most often crush the tablet and snort the powder or dissolve the tablet in a drink. Rohypnol can cause several side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, lethargy, temporary amnesia, and confusion.

Who Uses Rohypnol?

Because Rohypnol is not legally available or approved for medical use in the United States, specifics concerning the demographics that primarily use this drug can be sparse. Though this suggests that Rohypnol abuse is rare, the drug still carries a reputation as a “club drug,” a group of substances that people use socially at nightclubs, bars, parties, and concerts.

While some people may use Rohypnol to self-medicate for insomnia or anxiety, relying on its hypnotic and sedative effects to help resolve these issues, more often users of Rohypnol include teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 30. Most high school and college age people do not stop to consider the risks involved with using an illegal drug, such as the purity of the Rohypnol. People often combine it with other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or prescription drugs, without contemplating the dangers of this potentially deadly cocktail.

According to the 2012 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, abuse of Rohypnol is most common among male recreational users. According to the same study, 2 percent of high school seniors in the United States have used Rohypnol at least once in the past year. Because Rohypnol is inexpensive, running from 2 to 4 dollars pet tablet, a sampling of teenagers and young adults of all socioeconomic statuses use it.

Other Facts about Rohypnol

The most common street names for Rohypnol include the following:

  • Roofies
  • Ruffles
  • Roche
  • Forget-me drug
  • Rope
  • Mexican Valium

While most Rohypnol users use the drug only occasionally to enhance a social experience, people who use the drug in large doses for a long time are at risk of developing both a physical and psychological addiction. Withdrawal symptoms of Rohypnol include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Tension
  • Numbness

The many dangers of Rohypnol abuse include the risks of overdose resulting in coma, respiratory depression, or even death.

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