Rohypnol is a drug that belongs to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Other drugs that fall into this category include Valium and Xanax. Rohypnol is known for its strong sedative abilities and is also known for causing a form of memory loss during use, which is why it is often linked to assault. Odorless, tasteless and easily dissolvable, Rohypnol is a date rape drug.
Rohypnol abuse runs rampant across the globe. It is difficult to determine the numbers related to Rohypnol abuse worldwide as addicts rarely volunteer themselves for data collection. However, it should be noted that even though the drug is not available legally in the United States, Rohypnol addiction is still a concern. While Rohypnol is not available legally in the U.S., it is still legally prescribed in many Asian countries.
Legal Rohypnol Use
Rohypnol has a bad reputation for being linked to date rape and other crimes. There are, however, some legitimate reasons that the drug may be prescribed in Asian countries. Drugs that belong to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines have sedative properties, but they can also be effective at reducing anxiety, reducing insomnia and helping individuals with panic disorders find a bit of relief from their symptoms. Unfortunately, due to the sedative qualities of the drug, there is the potential for Rohypnol abuse to occur even when the drug has been prescribed legitimately.
Many countries in Asia are rapidly developing nations that often impose high levels of stress upon individuals who are expected to perform at immensely high levels. With increased stress, anxiety and insomnia often resulting, Rohypnol is amongst the most popularly prescribed drugs in Asia. As with all drugs, the longer that the drug is used, the stronger the potential is for Rohypnol abuse and addiction.
Whether a Rohypnol addiction starts relatively harmlessly as the result of an increased tolerance to a prescribed drug or results from recreational Rohypnol abuse, the end result is the same. There are serious concerns about recreational Rohypnol abuse, especially when the drug is combined with alcohol or other drugs that have sedative effects. The results could be potentially life threatening. Respiratory distress is one of the more serious and irreversible side effects of combining drugs.
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