Rohypnol is the popular brand name for the drug flunitrazepam. It is a powerful sedative and muscle relaxant that depresses the central nervous system. First synthesized in 1972 by a company called Hoffman-La Roche, Rohypnol has gained popularity worldwide as a powerful sedative and sleep aid.
Rohypnol as the “Date Rape” Drug
Rohypnol is now illegal in the United States after becoming known as the “date rape” drug in the mid-1990s. Rohypnol has no discernable taste or smell and is easily slipped into someone’s drink. The victim either becomes very open to suggestion or too physically weak to resist physical abuse. Rohypnol also causes amnesia, leaving victims unable to remember what has happened. New developments by Hoffman-La Roche have created Rohypnol formulations that turn clear beverages blue and dark beverages cloudy, but the original version of Rohypnol is still widely available.
Rohypnol is not only used for criminal purposes, as it is a popular “club drug” that enhances the effects of alcohol and other drugs. Use leads to tolerance and dependence, and individuals who wish to stop taking Rohypnol often experience uncomfortable or painful withdrawal symptoms. Although withdrawal and detox are not pleasant, continuing to use Rohypnol is dangerous. Rohypnol overdose may result in the following:
- Respiratory depression
- Cardiovascular collapse
Addiction recovery is essential to preventing this Rohypnol abuse outcome. Recovering users may choose to attend rehab facilities where they will undergo detox and psychological counseling under the watch of medical professionals. Some recovering users may be prescribed a drug such as Flumazenil which can counteract the symptoms of Rohypnol addiction.
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