Rohypnol (also known as flunitrazepam) is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed to patients who suffer from severe insomnia, but it may be better known as a date-rape drug. It is known as one of the most potent benzodiazepines, and it is known to cause users amnesia and other potentially dangerous effects. However, although it is known as a date rape drug, it is also abused recreationally, and it is highly addictive. Rohypnol may be more difficult to find in the US due to its legal restrictions, but in Europe and other places it is more readily available, so addiction may pose a grave threat.
Rohypnol’s Legal Status
Rohypnol was first developed in Europe in 1975, and reports of the drug’s abuse first surfaced in the 1970s, which led the United Nations in 1995 to classify the drug from a Schedule IV to a Schedule III substance. Originally, Rohypnol was produced in 1 mg and 2 mg tablets, but the 2 mg tablets were discontinued because they were too powerful and readily abused. In the 1990s, Rohypnol abuse resurfaced in the US, which led many states to classify it as a Schedule I drug, the class that is most highly regulated and that carries the stiffest penalties for possession. In fact, the drug is no longer approved for use in the US, so it is more difficult to obtain; however, the drug is still scheduled and produced in Europe (www.cesar.umd.edu/cesar/drugs/rohypnol.asp).
Effects of Rohypnol Abuse
Rohypnol is a depressant similar to other benzodiazepines, so it causes relaxation, sedation and other calming effects while reducing anxiety. Amnesia is a side effect of Rohypnol, and using the drug at the same time as alcohol can exacerbate these effects, which will make it very easy for users to black out. The drug is commonly abused at parties either with alcohol or as a substitute, and it may be available at clubs or on the street. Withdrawals from Rohypnol occur when people use the drug regularly and become tolerant to its effects. Withdrawal symptoms may include anxiety, headaches, muscle aches and seizures.
Avoiding Rohypnol Addiction
You risk addiction anytime you abuse Rohypnol, but you eliminate the risks of drug abuse if you avoid this substance. If you abuse this drug, stop now and seek professional addiction treatment as soon as possible to get past your problem. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to find out more about Rohypnol addiction treatment. Our admissions coordinators are available right now to let you know if your health insurance will help you pay for rehab, and they can also answer any questions you have about the addiction treatment process. Seek help now to begin recovery today.