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Rohypnol: Avoiding the Date Rape Drug Called Roofies

With a potency around ten times more than Valium, Rohypnol is a drug that is used by drug abusers for a paralyzing high or by individuals who wish to commit a sexual assault on unsuspecting victims. By learning more about Rohypnol, you can avoid using the drug and hopefully not be subject to an assault or the effects of the drug based on recreational use.

Effects of Rohypnol

roofies the date rape drugThe reason that Rohypnol is used by individuals who wish to commit a sexual assault is that it renders the victim lifeless and unable to respond. Many women are subjected to this date rape drug, having been slipped Rohypnol in a drink or food. After the drug takes effect, the victim will become paralyzed and may be unconscious and unaware of what is happening or aware but unable to move.

The effects of the drug will begin around twenty to thirty minutes after ingestion and then peak at two hours after. Some individuals may see side effects lasting from eight to even twelve hours. An individual under the influence of Rohypnol can be unable to move yet be observant. This makes any assault even more devastating as the individual is aware but unable to get away or yell for help. Muscle control is lost as well as a feeling confusion and drowsiness present.

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Other Uses

Rohypnol is not only a date rape drug but also used recreationally. Drug users will often take the drug for euphoric effects to feel an instant high after ingesting. The drug is also abused by being taken with alcohol to create an exaggerated form of intoxication. The abuse of Rohypnol is often associated with the abuse of multiple substances including other drugs and alcohol.

With the use of Rohypnol, the effect of the mind is slowed down, which can bring about no memory of what has occurred. For drug abusers, they like the feeling of not being able to remember or to simply forget. Reaction time is decreased as well as mental functioning impaired.

If you or someone you love uses Rohypnol on a regular basis, then treatment is required to break the habit. The drug can be debilitating and affect the body in a negative manner, putting the user in danger. Individuals, especially women, should also be aware when out and about, particularly when at a bar. Always keep drinks nearby and never take a drink from a stranger or leave a drink unattended, as this is the most common way that the drug is slipped to unexpecting victims.

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