If individuals are abusing Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), they are using the drug illegally as Rohypnol is neither manufactured nor approved for medical use in the United States. Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that produces a sedative hypnotic effect on a person, resulting in short-term memory loss. The drug is most often referred to as the date rape drug because the victim is unable to defend or recall any attack. Because Rohypnol is very effective in providing an altered state of reality at a low price, it is perceived as a viable option for impoverished people, which may make it attractive to the homeless.
Why People Abuse Rohypnol
As a sedative hypnotic, Rohypnol provides feelings of relaxation and a reduction of anxiety. The drug is often sold for about 5 dollars per tablet, which makes Rohypnol popular to achieve a state of blissful unawareness at a reasonable cost.
Rohypnol Side Effects
While Rohypnol creates a relaxed, sleepy, and drunk feeling that lasts for 2 to 8 hours, people can experience negative side effects even with short-term use, including the following:
- Blackouts, with a compete loss of memory
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Reduced heart and respiratory rates
- Mood swings
- Violent temper outbursts
- Vivid or disturbing dreams
- Skin rashes
- Menstrual irregularities
- Loss of appetite or increased appetite
The long-term effects of Rohypnol are that it can produce physical and psychological dependence.
Rohypnol and Homelessness
Ongoing abuse of Rohypnol can lead to extreme anxiety, hallucinations, delirium, convulsions and cardiovascular collapse. It may be these behaviors that cause a homeless person to appear mentally ill.
It is very difficult for national mental health care organizations to gather statistics about the homeless, but some information that has been gathered includes the following:
- About 3 million Americans are homeless each year.
- Most remain in the communities in which they previously lived.
- Most only remain homeless for a short period of time.
While it is estimated that as many as 40 percent of the homeless are addicted to a substance, there is little understanding as to whether homelessness led to the addiction or whether the addiction led to homelessness. For many who have had long-term substance abuse that had significant impact on their finances and ability to retain work, it is believed that the substance abuse led to the homelessness.
Regarding information about mental illness, it is even more difficult to ascertain because the vast majority of homeless people have limited or no access to mental health services.
Many people believe that the shelters and food kitchens provide ample services to the homeless. However, greater efforts need to be made to provide temporary support for people who want to return to a productive lifestyle.
Get Help for Rohypnol Addiction
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