Rohypnol is a common drug of abuse that is experimented with by people of all ages, from teenagers to the elderly. It can often be difficult to detect when someone is experimenting with drugs and more difficult to detect the particular drug that is being abused. Rohypnol is often used to relieve anxiety because of its muscle relaxant qualities. Many abusers tend to use Rohypnol at parties or clubs and mix it with alcohol or in more severe cases it is commonly mixed with heroin and cocaine.
Physical Signs of Rohypnol Abuse
Individuals experimenting with Rohypnol commonly exhibit particular physical symptoms of abuse. Rohypnol abuse is often confused with alcohol abuse because Rohypnol can cause similar symptoms to those of alcohol. People high on Rohypnol often simply appear to be drunk. Five of the most common physical effects of Rohypnol abuse include the following:
- Respiratory depression – Rohypnol is considered a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, which causes drowsiness and slowed breathing rates. It is dangerous to mix Rohypnol with alcohol or other CNS depressants because the combination can result in coma and death.
- Difficulty talking – A common physical result of Rohypnol abuse can include severely slurred speech. This symptom is one of the main reasons that people often mistake Rohypnol users for being under the influence of alcohol.
- Unconsciousness – Due to the depressant nature of Rohypnol and the drowsiness that it causes, users often slip in and out of consciousness.
- Blackouts – In many cases Rohypnol can cause severe blackouts, especially when mixed with alcohol. Users often wake up the next day unable to clearly remember what happened the night before. For this reason Rohypnol is also known as the “date rape” drug.
- Poor motor skills – Lack of proper motor functioning can occur while being under the influence of Rohypnol, which is another common reason that people mistake users for being drunk.
If you know someone who is exhibiting these symptoms, he or she may be experimenting with Rohypnol.
Behavioral Signs of Rohypnol Abuse
Experimenting with Rohypnol can cause several behavioral symptoms as well that are also often mistaken for drunkenness. Some of the most common behavioral effects of Rohypnol abuse can include the following:
- Confusion – Users often feel dizzy and unable to remember where they are or what is happening. Taking high doses of Rohypnol and mixing it with alcohol can often cause users to feel completely disassociated with reality and outside of their bodies.
- Aggression or excitability – In rare cases users may go back and forth between becoming increasingly aggressive and easily excitable.
- Loss of inhibitions – Rohypnol can cause users to become completely relaxed, lose all inhibitions and feel overly confident.
Rohypnol is an addictive substance that can cause users to become dependent to the point of experiencing withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation. Seeking immediate help for Rohypnol abuse at a licensed and professional treatment center is essential in order to avoid addiction.
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