Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) is a sedative or hypnotic medication. It falls into the class of benzodiazepines and has been predominantly used in Europe and South American. Medical professionals in these areas will use Rohypnol for sedation and general anesthesia. The effects of flunitrazepam are similar to those of other benzodiazepines, but flunitrazepam is 10 times more potent than valium.
In the United States, Rohypnol is generally smuggled in from these countries where it is predominantly used, including Mexico. A significant amount of it is smuggled in and distributed by Israelis and Russian drug traffickers. This criminal activity surrounding this particular drug began in the 1970s in Europe and has increased worldwide since then. But Rohypnol did not make an appearance in the United States till 1990.
Rohypnol: the Date Rape Drug
In the United States, common places of usage include raves, night clubs and all night parties and/or bars. This is the drug coined the term the date rape drug. Users of Rohypnol, however, don’t use it alone typically. It’s used and abused in tandem with other drugs like meth, alcohol and heroin. Florida and Texas are states where Rohypnol abuse is prominent, especially amongst high school and college students; however, its popularity is quickly escalating. The DEA has made numerous illegal drug seizures involving the drug.
The abuse surrounding this drug is serious and should not be taken lightly. The severity of its usage as resulted in sexual assaults. It’s used mainly by males in their favor of proceeding with sexual assault against their victims. It’s known to induce amnesia if given in a high enough dosage, enabling victims to forget the events they experienced while under the influence. Studies find that when the victims come off of their high, they have difficulty remembering or even recalling the assault, the assailant or the details surrounding the incident.
Flunitrazepam has been discovered to stay in the system in different ways from anywhere from five to 30 days. Advances in technology are able to detect it in compounds of urine and even hair so it is imperative to be tested for flunitrazepam if there is suspicion that an individual is a victim of facilitated sexual assault caused by this drug.
Criminal Activity with Rohpynol
Oddly enough, flunitrazepam has been linked to numerous robberies. Criminals will sedate their victims to produce a calming and anti-emotive effect in order to successfully steal from their victims. How does this happen? Many times the victims will meet their assailants or see them while being out and have their drink spiked, making drug-assisted robbery just as likely and common as drug-facilitated rape.
Recreational Use of Rohypnol
In addition to criminal activity facilitated by Rohypnol, recreational use is common also. Kurt Cobain, former lead singer of the rock band Nirvana, was known to have overdosed on Rohypnol and alcohol. He was widely known as a cocaine addict and Rohypnol is known to lessen the withdrawal symptoms of stimulants like cocaine. Because Rohypnol decreases delta wave activity, an indicator of the depth of sleep, it helps to produce better quality sleep. However, when the waves are decreased, deterioration in sleep occurs. Sweden, for instance, reports Rohypnol to be the second most common drug used in suicides.
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