There are many dangerous effects of roofies, other than the physical effects. “Roofie” is a street name for Rohypnol which is a sedative that when diluted in a drink or any beverage is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. This sedative can put a person out of it for 12 to 14 hours and can even possibly cause death. Roofies can leave an individual in a trance-like state and leave them with no memory of anything that happened during the time they are on this drug. Due to this dangerous effect, it is called the “date-rape drug” as it is linked to so many sexual assault victims. Because of the amnesia which Rohypnol causes, a person can slip this drug into their date’s drink, then once they are in this hypnotic drug-induced state, rape them or otherwise assault them with the victim having no recollection of the crime.
What is Rohypnol (Roofies)?
Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine which is illegal in the United States. However, it is legal in some other countries. This drug has properties similar to those of Valium, but Rohypnol is seven to ten times stronger than Valium. Just as with other benzodiazepines, Rohypnol has effects such as:
- Muscle relaxation
- Reduction of anxiety
- Prevents convulsions
Rohypnol’s effects appear 15 to 20 minutes after ingestion and usually last four to six hours. Individuals can feel these effects for up to twelve hours.
Other Abuse Potential for Rohypnol
While Rohypnol is known as the date-rape drug by most people, it is abused for other reasons more often than for drug facilitated sexual assault. Teens and college kids along with other rave party attendees use this drug alongside other drugs to further their intoxication. They use it with heroin to boost the high they get from the heroin and use it with stimulants like cocaine to help them sleep after bingeing on the stimulants.
More Dangerous Effects of Rohypnol
The primary abusers of roofies are teenagers and young males aged 13 to 30. These users The majority of the time Rohypnol is mixed with alcohol and consumed orally although some users crush the pills and snort them or dissolve the substance in liquid and inject it. It produces adverse effects such as:
- Loss of motor control
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Respiratory depression with higher doses
The use of this drug with alcohol is extremely dangerous because both are nervous system depressants and mixing the two together can become toxic. Anyone who injects this substance is at risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C, just as with any other injectable drug.
Addiction to Rohypnol
People who abuse these drugs often, soon develop a tolerance to this substance and more of the drug is taken to induce the same effects as before. Abstaining from the drug will put the user into withdrawal with uncomfortable and painful symptoms much the same as with alcohol withdrawal. These withdrawal symptoms can also become very dangerous and even deadly.
Treatment for Rohypnol Addiction
If you are addicted to Rohypnol, don’t continue in this spiral of abusing a drug with such dangerous effects. Seek help through a treatment program which specialists will design to meet your needs and preferences. There is no one traditional treatment for everyone these days. Treatment centers know that no two individuals are the same and each person is entitled to a program which will benefit their needs.
Don’t wait any longer. Seek treatment today to return to your life without the dangerous effects of roofies. Don’t take further chances with your life. Stop your addiction now!