A very powerful drugs, ten times more potent than Valium, Rohypnol is commonly associated with date rape. Many victims of a drug facilitated sexual assault test positive for Rohypnol. The drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), including rape occurs when any drug that is an incapacitating agent which, when administered to another person, incapacitates the person and renders them vulnerable. Rohypnol is sold in Europe and Latin America as a sleeping pill, but it is illegal in the United States. The black market supply available in the U.S. often arrives in shipments smuggled from Europe and Latin America.
In many cases, Rohypnol victims are even unaware that assaults have taken place until their symptoms are recognized or their memory returns. It's a very nasty drug.
When effected by Rohypnol an individual experiences loss of muscle control, confusion, drowsiness and amnesia. The effects are described as paralyzing and start twenty to thirty minutes after taking the drug, peak within two hours and may persist for eight or even twelve hours. The overall effect of Rohypnol use is often a state of semi-unconsciousness or a coma. Sexual predators looking to decrease the resistance capability of their intended victims may add Rohypnol in powder or liquid form to the victim’s drink and allow the drug to begin shutting down the victim’s senses and bodily coordination. Rohypnol passes out of the system in 24 hours.
Manufactured by Hoffman-La Roche, Rohypnol is the brand name for Flunitrazepam, which is a small white tablet. Flunitrazepam is an intermediate acting benzodiazepine. The tablet can also be crushed or snorted in powder form, so that the effects can be felt more quickly. The most popular street name is “roofies” but the drug also goes by La Roche, the forget pill, Rib, R2, and Roofenol on Rope.
Rohypnol is particularly dangerous when mixed alcoholic beverages, it can cause amnesia or loss of inhibition. It often results to a feeling of being “sleepy” and relaxed, similar to the feeling of someone who is drunk. Nausea, dizziness, and difficulty speaking and moving. It is also associated with blackouts, memory loss, and disorientation are all other potential side effects of Rohypnol. A dangerous cocktail called a “speedball” is a blend of Ecstasy and Rohypnol. Date rape drug testing can indicate the presence of substances even in conjunction with alcohol.
Testing for Rohypnol is available with a urine test or hair test. This is typically accomplished with a date rape panel drug test which includes GHB, ketamine and various benzodiazepines, including Rohypnol. For a urine test, the urine must be collected within five days from drug exposure. For the hair test the hair should be collected within 30 days from the drug exposure. Turnaround time for getting results back on a date rape panel drug test is about ten business days.
Sometimes Rohypnol is taken by substance abusers and addiction can take hold. Once the user is addicted, any attempt to quit without professional help will often end in frustration and continued addiction. The addict’s loved ones may begin to see some signs of Rohypnol addiction in his behavior, including the following:
- Symptoms of drunkenness without bearing the smell of alcohol
- Severe withdrawal symptoms
- Painkiller withdrawal
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- Lethargy and altered temperament
- Refusal to answer inquiries about recent activities
- Unexplained absence from school or work
- Sudden financial problems
Rohypnol’s highly addictive nature and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms often prevent the addict from discontinuing use on his own. Overdose is possible and dangerous. Rohypnol withdrawal can result in a number of symptoms, including the following:
- Uncontrollable trembling
- Extreme change in mood
- Aggravated insomnia
- Recurring headaches
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Seeking professional Rohypnol addiction treatment is the most effective way for an addict to safely detox from the drug and find lasting recovery.
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