Almost everyone has heard about “roofies” and the devastating effects they have on young men and women around the country. However, few have heard of Rohypnol, which is a potentially life-threatening drug and actually the technical name for roofies. Rohypnol effects can wreak havoc on the human body, especially when the individual in question is “dosed” or drugged without their knowledge.
With the primary targets of the Rohypnol-fueled date rape attacks being young, college-age women, it’s important to understand the effects, signs, and symptoms you may experience as a result of ingesting the drug in order to prevent a tragedy.
What is Rohypnol?
Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol, roofies, roches, ruffles, or the date rape drug, is a powerful drug with that packs a serious punch for anyone who takes it. Rohypnol is not currently legal in the United States; however, it is currently available in other countries. Though, just because it is not legal, does not mean it is unavailable. Trafficked in and out of the country through various sources, people are unfortunately able to purchase Rohypnol on the black market relatively easily.
Rohypnol itself is what’s known as a benzodiazepine. This particular class of drug is notoriously dangerous to take. Other benzodiazepines, or benzos, you may have heard of are Valium, Xanax, or Librium. Rohypnol, like other benzos, has a variety of side effects that include sedation, muscle relaxation, less anxiety, and a prevention of convulsions. However, Rohypnol effects are estimated to be up to 10 times stronger than those of Valium, making this drug extremely potent. Rohypnol effects can also be felt as soon as 15 to 20 minutes after ingesting the drug and can last for several hours. Depending on the size of the dose, Rohypnol effects can even be seen up to 12 hours after taking it.
The Date Rape Drug
Rohypnol is one of the most dangerous types of benzodiazepines, especially since most people who take it are not doing so correctly. Other Rohypnol effects are temporary sedation and amnesia, or loss of memory. Rohypnol is the choice substance for rapists who are looking to dose their victims in order to commit sexual assault. Often, the roofies are placed into the unsuspecting victims’ drink without their knowledge. Within minutes, the victim will find themselves incapacitated and an easy target for the perpetrator.
Benzodiazepines are not supposed to be mixed with alcohol. Since most of these sexual assaults occur at bars, club, or parties, the Rohypnol effects are amplified by the alcohol and can have deadly consequences.
Since benzos and alcohol are both depressants, those who consume both substances may find themselves at risk for having permanent damage to their bodies, or even possibly death. With so many depressants working on the central nervous system simultaneously, the body may subsequently slip into a coma. Brain damage is also extremely common when mixing depressants, as the body may not be capable of basic functions like breathing which cuts off the oxygen supply to the brain, killing brain cells. Mixing benzos and alcohol can also result in massive organ failure throughout the body.
The Rohypnol effects can be devastating to the body. Since most people who are dosing someone do not really take care to see just how much they’re giving the person, an overdose can also easily occur. All in all, when it comes to roofies, it can be life-threatening to the victim.
Rohypnol is not just used to commit felonies. The drug itself is highly addictive, much like other benzodiazepines. Many people find themselves hooked on this substance almost immediately and continue to abuse it for long periods of time. Rohypnol effects can produce a state of relaxation and euphoria for the user. As a result of the Rohypnol high, people may find themselves far more at ease in social situations and find their inhibitions all but gone. This makes the drug desirable for many people who are involved in the club scene, which is why Rohypnol is also considering a “club drug.”
Since the Rohypnol effects are also extremely calming due to its anxiety depressing nature, many people who are addicted to cocaine will mix Rohypnol in with their cocaine in order to circumvent the paranoia sometimes associated with cocaine abuse. Other choice combinations with Rohypnol are with alcohol, GHB, and even ecstasy. Rohypnol can be very dangerous thanks to it typically being seen in polydrug use.
Like any other illicit drug, Rohypnol is highly addictive. Also, due to the nature of the substance, the withdrawal process can be extremely dangerous, even life-threatening withdrawals from benzodiazepines are the only withdrawals, besides from alcohol, which can actually cause serious damage and even death.
During the withdrawal process, the individual will begin to experience symptoms almost immediately. Insomnia, severe anxiety, weight loss, nausea, sweating, and irritability are just a few symptoms. The most severe symptom; however, is the propensity to experience seizures as a result of the cessation of the benzos.
Seizures can permanently damage the brain or even cause death in more severe cases. Due to the dangerous nature of benzodiazepine withdrawal, a supervised medical detox is required in order to safely get off of Rohypnol and begin the arduous journey of recovery. That’s where Arete Recovery comes in.
If you or a loved one is currently struggling with Rohypnol addiction, or dependence on other drugs and alcohol, call us at 844-318-7500 or contact us online anytime to be connected to an addiction specialist. Our team will work with you to help you get the help you or your loved one needs and deserves!