Rohypnol is the brand name for a drug called flunitrazepam, which is a powerful sedative that depresses the central nervous system.
Rohypnol is not legally available for prescription in the United States, but is legal in many countries worldwide for treatment of insomnia. What does it look like? A small white tablet with no taste or odor when dissolved in a drink. How is it used? Rohypnol is swallowed as a pill, dissolved in a drink, or snorted. Roofies are frequently used in combination with alcohol and other drugs.
They are sometimes taken to enhance a heroin high, or to mellow or ease the experience of coming down from a cocaine or crack high. Used with alcohol, roofies produce disinhibition and amnesia. What do young people hear about it? The drug creates a sleepy, relaxed, and drunk feeling that lasts two to eight hours. Many people have no recollection of what happened while they were under the influence of the drug. Rohypnol has been used as a date rape drug see next section , and adolescents frequently use it to get high.
Its status as a remarkably potent sedative with strong abuse potential, coupled with media reports of it being used as a date rape drug, quickly cemented its reputation as a major public health concern.
Before , Rohypnol was produced as a white tablet that was colorless, odorless and tasteless when it was mixed in drinks. This led to its frequent use as a date rape drug. As a result, Rohypnol began to be produced as a green-blue tablet that turned light-colored drinks blue.
But several versions of the drug that do not contain the blue dye are still made available to people who misuse this drug. Street Names for Rohypnol Rophy. Rohypnol can be taken as a tablet, crushed and snorted or injected. Rohypnol may be taken in tablet form, crushed and snorted, or dissolved in water and injected.
Heroin addicts have reported taking it to boost the effects of low-quality heroin. Rohypnol addiction can be treated in an inpatient or outpatient setting, or in a step program. You reside at the treatment facility for the duration of the program , which is typically 28 to 30 days but may be 60 days or 90 days. During that time, you receive medical care and work with addiction counselors and therapists on overcoming your addiction and learning how to live without drugs.
This type of treatment also includes working with a counselor or therapist. Instead, you visit several times a week for a designated amount of time. This is a peer-based form of addiction treatment. Starting the process of finding a recovery program can be intimidating. Rohypnol misuse can cause a variety of physical and mental effects, depending on how it is taken and the dose that is ingested. Onset is much shorter if the drug is snorted or injected.
Effects may persist for 12 hours or more depending on how much was taken. Side Effects The following are possible side effects from Rohypnol abuse.
If combined with alcohol as Rohypnol often is when used as a date rape drug blackouts may occur as well as stupor, respiratory depression and death. Some of the harmful social and health effects that may occur due to long-term Rohypnol abuse include: A person may have an addiction to Rohypnol if they have at least 2 of the following 11 symptoms over a month period and experience significant impairment in his or her daily life. Persistent failure to cut down or quit using.
Excessive amount of time spent obtaining and using Rohypnol. Intense craving for the drug. Neglecting responsibilities at work, school or home. Continued Rohypnol use despite negative consequences, including social or interpersonal problems and arguments and physical fights. Social and recreational activities are abandoned in favor of Rohypnol use. Continued use in dangerous situations such as driving or operating machinery under the influence.
Continued Rohypnol use despite physical and psychological problems aggravated by drug use. Tolerance, or a need for more of the drug to experience the high or desired effect. Characteristic withdrawal symptoms as noted above and taking Rohypnol to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Rohypnol is extremely addictive. Generally, people begin using Rohypnol occasionally and then gradually increase their doses and frequency of use.
Social or recreational use can quickly turn into daily use and increasing doses due to tolerance. Rohypnol is frequently abused by alcohol abusers, gang members, students and drug addicts. It is frequently used by alcohol abusers, gang members, high school and college students, nightclub and rave attendees, and drug addicts.
Rohypnol users often describe its effects as “paralyzing.” The effects start twenty to thirty minutes after taking the drug, peak within two hours and may persist for eight or even twelve hours. A person can be so incapacitated (made unable to act) they collapse.
Rohypnol has several short-term effects Rohypnol creates a relaxed, sleepy and drunk feeling that lasts for hours Other short term affects may include blackouts, with a compete loss of memory, dizziness, nausea, difficulty with motor movements and speaking.
Long-Term Effects Rohypnol is lethal when combined with alcohol or other drugs. It can slow the pulse and breathing, leading to unconsciousness, slowed heart . Like most drugs, Rohypnol use comes with a number of side effects, some of which are severe. The risk of experiencing adverse effects increases when the drug is abused, which is not uncommon. Rohypnol may be abused for the high or to self-medicate for insomnia.
Ironically, while it tends to sedate most people, some people on Rohypnol will get aggressive and excited. Effects of GHB. GHB stands for Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid. One of the slang terms for GHB is “Grievous Bodily Harm” which tells you something about the effects of this drug. Some short-term effects of Rohypnol include; mellow feeling, drowsiness, dizziness, the inability think both clearly and logically, slurred speech, clumsiness, lower heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure, amnesia, and the user looks generally intoxicated.