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Rohypnol/Flunitrazepam Overview

Rohypnol Addiction TreatmentRohypnol® (flunitrazepam) is the brand name of a sleeping pill prescribed for insomnia in Latin America, Europe and Asia. It has NOT been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the United States but this has not stopped its distribution. Rohypnol is in the same recreational drug family as GHB and Ketamine and the same prescription drug family as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, and Versed. More casually known as the "date rape" drug, its powerful effects have scarily been used to incapacitate women during sexual assault -- namely, rape. Rohypnol has physiological effects similar to Valium (diazepam), but is approximately ten times more potent. Intoxication is generally associated with impaired judgment and motor skills. The drug has no taste or odor, so those given it don't realize what is happening. About ten minutes after ingesting the drug, a woman may feel dizzy and disoriented, simultaneously too hot and too cold, and/or nauseated. She may experience difficulty speaking and moving, and then pass out. Effects peak within two hours, and can persist for up to eight hours. Such victims have no memories of what happened while under the drug's influence. The combination of alcohol and Rohypnol is particularly hazardous; together, their effects on memory and judgment are greater than those experienced when taking one alone. It is commonly reported that people who become intoxicated on a combination of alcohol and Rohypnol have "blackouts" lasting 8 to 24 hours following ingestion.

Rohypnol/Flunitrazepam Signs of Abuse

  • You use it more frequently
  • You need more and more to get the same effect
  • You become preoccupied with using it
  • You spend more money than you have on getting the drug
  • You miss class, fail to complete assignments, or miss other obligations
  • You make new friends who do it and neglect old friends who don't
  • You find it's hard to be happy or to relax without it
  • You have headaches or trouble sleeping without it

Effects of Rohypnol/Flunitrazepam Abuse

  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Feelings of deep relaxation
  • Drunk feelings
  • Euphoric state of mind
  • Memory loss
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Blackouts
  • Difficulty with motor skills

Rohypnol/Flunitrazepam Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Severe insomnia
  • Severe anxiety

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