Teachers and Rohypnol Addiction

Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed for short-term use. It works by enhancing the effect of neurotransmitters on the brain to create a sense of calm. Legal uses of Rohypnol include the following:

  • Hypnotic
  • Sedative
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Skeletal muscle relaxant

When taken for brief periods of time and under medical oversight, Rohypnol is relatively safe and carries little risk of overdose. However, two common side effects of Rohypnol – confusion and short-term memory loss – are potentially dangerous, especially when the drug is combined with alcohol or antihistamines.

A popular drug at raves, nightclubs, parties, and bars, Rohypnol intensifies intoxication, boosts effects of heroin, and modulates the effects of cocaine. It is highly addictive and induces amnedia, which is why it is termed the “date rape drug.” Long-term use can lead to tolerance, physical and psychological dependence.

Signs of Rohypnol addiction include the following:

  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal when medication is discontinued
  • Taking the drug without medical approval
  • Preoccupation with acquiring the drug
  • Social isolation resulting from increased use

People who abruptly stop taking Rohypnol sometimes experience seizures, delirium tremens, and possible death. Medical supervision is vital for a safe recovery.

Teacher Rohypnol Abuse: Ethical Impact

Teachers occupy a place of influence in students’ lives. When children and adolescents know that an authority figure abuses drugs, they often internalize dangerous beliefs. Several include the following:

  • Drug abuse is socially acceptable
  • Drug use is safe
  • Using illicit drugs is part of being a “real” grown up
  • Drug abuse is safe
  • Adults cannot be trusted
  • Adults who disapprove of drug use are over-reactive

Students who become aware of a teacher’s drug problem can also lose hope in the possibility of sober living. They may wrongly conclude that drug abuse is inevitable for most people, a misconception that could lower their resistance to peer pressure.

Teacher Rohypnol Abuse: Professional Impact

When teachers use Rohypnol on the job, they also endanger their careers. They can be legally prosecuted and fired. The stigma left on their employment record can also jeopardize future work opportunities.

In contrast, teachers who seek treatment on their own volition benefit from several forms of legal protection. Specific laws established to safeguard workers from punishment when they seek help include the following:

  • Employers may not punish any employee who requests needed medical leave, provided they have met certain criteria for eligibility such as a minimum of one year of employment with the company
  • Without your consent, your employer is not allowed to tell anyone that you sought treatment
  • When applying for a job it is illegal for a prospective employer to ask about past substance abuse or treatment history

After achieving sobriety, teachers cannot be legally sanctioned for a history of abuse or treatment, whether on the job, for housing, within governmental programs, or within private or public institutions. However, if an individual relapses, the rules change and he may be subject to legitimate grounds for action.

Recovery from Rohypnol

If you or someone you love struggles with Rohypnol abuse, you are not alone. Admissions coordinators at our toll free, 24 hour support line can guide you to wellness. You never have to go back to a life of addiction. Please call. Start your recovery today.