Rohypnol is an increasingly popular date rape and club drug. Technically, it is a benzodiazepine and a psychedelic. Psychedelic drugs are drugs that produce both hallucinations and an expansion of consciousness. Although Rohypnol can produce mild hallucinations it is not usually listed with most psychedelics it is in fact classed as one, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Due to its nature everyone should know what it is, why it is dangerous, and its long and short term effects.
What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol is a odorless and tasteless drug that was popular in Europe in the 1970s. It rapidly moved to the United States and the rest of the world. Doctors once prescribed it as a sleep aid and a pre-anesthesia hypnotic.
Why is Rohypnol Dangerous?
Rohypnol is dangerous in two respects. The first is that it is highly addictive. It is easy to become addicted to a drug that takes almost all feeling away. On Rohypnol, you feel almost no pain and no fear. Since it is a powerful sedative, it makes you feel sleepy and comfortable.
The other reason why Rohypnol is so dangerous is that it is a popular date rape drug. It is colorless, odorless, and almost completely undetectable. It causes the victim to be pliant and easily influenced. It also causes you to forget what is happening in high doses. Recently pharmaceutical companies started dying the pills so they would release a blue color in liquid but there are still manufacturers that do not do that.
Short Term Side Effects
The short term side effects are part of the reason why people use this drug. Some of the short term side effects of Rohypnol include:
- sleepy, relaxed feeling,
- slightly drunk feeling which is intensified with alcohol,
- complete or partial loss of memory,
- slowed respiration,
- lack of coordination,
- inability to think clearly,
- lowered blood pressure,
- low heart rate and breathing,
- slow movements,
- slurred or slow speech, and
- difficulty speaking.
These are a few of the more common short term side effects of Rohypnol. There are quite a few more including, anaphylactic shock, or death during an allergic reaction. It is also very easy to overdose on this drug. Signs of an overdose are:
- very slow or stopped breathing,
- extreme drowsiness,
- inability to be roused,
- loss of balance,
- clammy or cold skin,
- bluish tinge around the lips and fingernails,
- weak pulse,
- coma, and
- loss of heartbeat.
Unlike many of the psychedelic class of drugs, Rohypnol overdose is deadly. It happens quickly and you should seek medical attention immediately. If help arrives fast enough, there is a good chance the person will survive.
Long Term Side Effects
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the long term side effects of Rohypnol are unknown. The drug just has not been studied enough to be able to accurately predict long term side effects. The only long term effect that is usually listed is that it continued use brings tolerance and with that addiction and abuse.
Types of Treatment Available
Treatment for Rohypnol addiction is similar to that of most drugs. You go through a detox period and after you engage in counseling. Counseling accomplishes two things it ferrets out the cause of the addiction and addresses the psychological impact of it.
Although it is not commonly called one technically Rohypnol is a psychedelic. It is one of the few that sits on the border of being a benzodiazepine and a psychedelic. If you are addicted to Rohypnol it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Like most sedatives, the addiction can be hard to break.