Rohypnol, or flunitrazepam, is a unique substance that differs from several other drugs abused today. Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine, so it has similar chemical properties as other sedative-hypnotic drugs like Xanax or Valium; however, Rohypnol has not been approved for use in the United States. While the drug may be effective at treating insomnia and other health issues, the drug has high risk for dependence, addiction, and other serious health effects.
While Rohypnol is illegal to manufacture, possess and use in the United States, the drug is notoriously smuggled across Mexican borders into the States as well as available to purchase online. What makes Rohypnol different from other substances is what prevents the drug from being legalized in the U.S.
Rohypnol comes in pill form, but when abused most people crush up the pill and snort it, add it to a drink, or liquefy the crushed substance and inject it, in order to achieve quick results. The height of abuse for Rohypnol was in the early 90’s, where the drug earned its label as a ‘club drug’ in the U.S.
Rohypnol is also notorious for its connection to sexual assaults. The drug is commonly given to a victim because it can induce sleep, relax the muscles, and interfere with memory. Sexual assault victims are thus, unable to resist the abuser and often have trouble remembering the assault or recalling important details when the drug wears off. Rohypnol can come in colorless, odorless, and tasteless forms, which is how sexual predators will sneak the drug into their victim’s drink or food.
Rohypnol works by enhancing the activity of GABA (gamma anion butyric acid). GABA is a chemical messenger in the brain, a neurotransmitter, and it tells the brain to calm down or slow certain activity. As Rohypnol increases the release of GABA, it impairs several different processes: memory, thought-processes, cognition, muscle tone and coordination, and emotional reactions.
There are several negative effects of Rohypnol use, and these risks and dangers can arise after just a single time using. Common side effects of Rohypnol use include:
- Retroactive amnesia
- Visual disturbances
- Lowered blood pressure
- Memory impairment
- Night terrors
- Poor reaction time
- Impaired speech
- Respiratory depression
While Rohypnol differs from other benzodiazepines, it too can cause physical and psychological dependence and produce withdrawal syndrome.
What Happens During Rohypnol Treatment?
Rohypnol treatment usually begins with a detox process that usually lasts a week or less. Patients will receive 24-hour medical monitoring and medical assistance to overcome withdrawal symptoms. Detox will rid the body of all drug-induced toxins and work to restore proper vitals by administering proper hydration and nutrients.
Symptoms of Rohypnol withdrawal include aggressions, headache, muscle pain, hallucination, vomiting, convulsions and coma. Attempting to detox without professional help is dangerous and difficult. People rarely overcome dependence or addiction to benzodiazepines on their own. Detox is often followed by a comprehensive rehab program to help an addict overcome the underlying factors that have influenced their addictive behavior in the first place.
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