Everything You Need to Know About Why Rohypnol Abuse Is Dangerous

Everything You Need to Know About Why Rohypnol Abuse Is Dangerous

Rohypnol is a central nervous system depressant that is not approved for medical use or sale in the US. People who abuse this drug risk death because of its intense sedation and muscle-relaxing effects. When combined with alcohol, the results of this drug can be deadly. The drug is also called “the forget me pill,” Mexican valium, R2, roofies, roach, rope and wolfies. It most commonly referred to as the date-rape drug, and it has recently drawn considerable attention from the media due to its use by criminals to assault women. Until 1997, Rohypnol was colorless, odorless and tasteless, so it was virtually undetectable when added to a beverage. However, manufacturers of the drug began producing the substance with a dye that, when added to light-colored drinks, turns the liquid blue. However, the dye does not show up in dark-colored drinks, and is not always used in generic versions of the drug. In other words, while companies are beginning to protect people from Rohypnol abuse, you must learn about this drug to protect yourself as well.

Side Effects of Rohypnol Use

When Rohypnol is used or abused, it produces many dangerous side effects. Along with intense, sudden sleepiness, Rohypnol can also produce some of the following problems:

  • Exhaustion
  • Confusion
  • Impaired coordination
  • Impaired judgment
  • Memory loss
  • Physical and psychological incapacitation

Rohypnol can be fatal when combined with alcohol and other drugs. It slows the pulse and breathing until the person who consumed the drug becomes unconscious. The heart rate and breathing are suppressed to the point of death.

Signs of Rohypnol Assault

Because Rohypnol is often colorless, tasteless and odorless, it is easy to consume the drug if someone slips it into your drink with the intent to do you harm. If you or a loved one suspects that you have been assaulted with Rohypnol, then look for the following signs of using the drug:

  • You feel more intoxicated than you normally would for the amount of alcohol you have consumed
  • You wake up feeling hungover with no memory of the time you were intoxicated
  • You remember taking a drink, but do not remember anything after that
  • You feel as though you had sex with someone, but you cannot remember very much or even anything at all about what happened

Seek help if you abuse this powerful substance.

Find Help for Rohypnol Abuse

If you or a loved one uses Rohypnol for recreational purposes, then you are in danger of overdose or even death. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment.