Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that is commonly used to treat insomnia and muscle spasms for individuals in Europe and South America. In the United States, Rohypnol use is illegal. It is known here for being a club drug that causes somnolence and amnesia. Because of these effects, Rohypnol use is commonly used as a date rape drug.
Since this drug is colorless, tasteless, and odorless, an unsuspecting person would be unable to notice that their drink has been tainted. It is widely known as “roofies,” but it also has five other names that it goes by, i.e., Circles, Roofies, Whiteys, Mind Erasers, and Rope.
Not only is Rohypnol use known as a date rape drug, it is also known for being highly addictive, so its persistent use will lead the user to drug rehab. Rohypnol use gives its user a euphoric effect, and when you combine its street cost, you have another substance that can be easily abused. This drug is said to be abused more by young individuals, cocaine addicts and heroin addicts. When individuals combine cocaine and/or heroin with Rohypnol use, the individual experiences a potent high and intense feeling of drunkenness.
Feeling of drunkenness
- Deep relaxation
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with motor skills
- Urinary retention
- Decrease in blood pressure
- Withdrawal seizure
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Loss of identity
- Extreme anxiety
These effects are magnified if the user has a history of alcohol abuse and chases the Rohypnol with an alcoholic beverage. Effects of Rohypnol use can last up to 12 hours. While death from using Rohypnol is not likely, the physical and psychological effects are said to be severe.
Since Rohypnol is a drug that can lead to addiction and a physical dependence, the withdrawal is known as benzo withdrawal syndrome. When an individual suddenly stops using, they may experience the following symptoms:
- Severe anxiety
- Severe insomnia
Benzo withdrawal syndrome can also present rather violent symptoms as well:
- Violent behavior
These symptoms often result in criminal behavior.
Rohypnol Use Overdose
If an individual does not know that they are on Rohypnol, it can be a very dangerous situation, especially if alcohol is also involved. This drug has been known to kill someone via an overdose, or a high dosage mixed with central nervous system depressants.
There are four symptoms of Rohypnol use overdose:
- Severe sedation: An individual will experience a sedation so strong that they are unaware of what is happening to them.
- Unconsciousness: Since the sedation is so strong, the user may pass out. If the individual is unable to be woken up, it is a clear symptom of a Rohypnol overdose.
- Heart Rate Slows: An individual’s heart rate drops dramatically when an overdose has taken place.
- Suppression of Respiration: If an individual’s breath becomes shallow, or stops, seek help immediately.
If you suspect that an overdose has taken place, you must call 911 immediately and stay with the person until the help arrives. If you or someone you know has an addiction to Rohypnol, please seek professional help.