Rohypnol is a drug in the benzodiazepine family and is used as a short-term treatment for insomnia and also as a pre-medication for surgery anesthesia. Rohypnol is a powerful sedative and has gained popularity in since the 1990s as a popular “club drug,” because of its powerful amnesia-like side effect. This drug is also known as the “date rape” drug for being placed in unsuspecting victims’ beverages prior to sexual assault. The effects of Rohypnol can last from 20 minutes to 12 hours or more, so the potential for dangerous drug interactions is great. Since the amnesia effect can wipe out a person’s short-term memory, he or she may not remember taking the drug and accidentally combine it with another drug producing a dangerous reaction.
Rohypnol and Alcohol
Rohypnol is an illegal sedative that reduces anxiety, depresses the central nervous system and causes sedation. Many people combine Rohypnol with alcohol to increase its effects. Combining a sedative like Rohypnol with alcohol can slow the heart rate and breathing. Because the effects of Rohypnol last up to 12 hours, using alcohol with the drug can also increase the length of Rohypnol’s side effects. When taken with alcohol or placed in someone’s beverage without his or her knowledge, the heart rate and breathing can slow to the point that the body shuts down. Combining Rohypnol with alcohol also increases the risk of death from drug overdose.
Rohypnol and Other Illegal Substances
One popular trend among college students is combining Rohypnol with Ecstasy, or “speedballing,” to increase the side effects of the drug. Combining Rohypnol with Ecstasy can lead to heart failure and death. College students also report using Rohypnol with marijuana, cocaine and heroin to produce a floating effect. Using Rohypnol with any of these drugs greatly increases the risk of drug overdose. Rohypnol overdose is almost always fatal because high levels of the drug can cause breathing to stop.
Help for Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol is a powerful sedative that is highly addictive. It is especially popular among college students, but high school students also experiment with and become addicted to Rohypnol. Combining Rohypnol with other drugs is especially dangerous and can lead to overdose and death.
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