How Culture Influences Rohypnol Abuse

Rohypnol is a short-acting benzodiazepine with general properties similar to Valium. When used legitimately, Rohypnol is used for short-term treatment of insomnia and as a pre-medication for surgical procedures. Effects of Rohypnol include sedation, muscle-relaxation, reduced anxiety and prevention of convulsions.

Rohypnol is commonly known as the “date-rape drug,” because it is used to sedate women to ease sexual assault. Because of Rohypnol’s sedative effects rape victims are often unable to recall the details of the attack or the attacker. Additionally, because the drug is usually clear of the body by the time tests can be done, it is hard to determine how many rapes Rohypnol has played a part in. Unfortunately, there are many areas of culture where Rohypnol is prevalent. Whether it is being used as a recreational drug or as a date-rape drug, Rohypnol abuse is common in the club and bar scenes of larger cities. Situations in which people are also drinking alcohol and potentially using other drugs only add to the dangers of Rohypnol if it is used by would be rapists.

Who Abuses Rohypnol?

While it is true that Rohypnol is sometimes used as a date-rape drug, recreational use is far more common. Typically, teenagers or college students will use the drug at raves – that is, parties known for techno music and heavy drug use. To make matters worse, these individuals will often take Rohypnol alongside potent drugs like cocaine and heroin, in order to increase their effects or to lessen the side effects that come with them.

Rohypnol in Pop-Culture

Blaming popular culture for societies’ ills is always a bit of a slippery slope. Obviously televisions and movies cannot be blamed solely for drug abuse. But it is impossible to ignore the fact that the abuse of drugs like Rohypnol is often used for comic purposes in movies. In many cases, a light-hearted or less-than-serious view of these drugs can contribute to the casual attitude we have toward them as a society. Unfortunately, drug abuse rarely results in laughs.

Get Help for Rohypnol Abuse

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