Rohypnol, with generic name flunitrazepam, is a benzodiazepine similar in its chemical composition to other sedatives such as Valium and Xanax, but its effects are nearly 7 to 10 times stronger than Valium. Due to the great potential of abuse, rohypnol is not available for medical use inside the United States and has been classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act of 1984. However, it is available in neighboring countries like Mexico as well as in Colombia and Europe where it is used legally for the treatment of insomnia and as a pre-anesthetic for surgeries.
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Rohypnol abuse is used as a general recreational drug and more commonly as a â€œdate rape drugâ€ where an unsuspecting victim is given Rohypnol by mixing it in their drink. Since Rohypnol can cause strong amnesia, the victim does not remember anything and hence, the attacker can take advantage sexually or even cause physical harm. Some formulations of rohypnol are now available as a light green caplet with a blue core. This helps a person recognize the date rape drug when mixed with a clear liquid as the drink will change its color to light blue. However, when mixed in a dark colored drink such as Coke, rohypnol will still not be recognizable.
Apart being abused as a date rape drug, rohypnol is abused for recreational purposes as well especially by high school and college students and teens attending â€˜rave partiesâ€™ or nightclubs. It is also used sometimes combined with heroin or cocaine to increase their level of intoxication and achieve a more intense â€œhigh.â€ Ages 13 to 30 are the most frequent abusers of rohypnol. It is usually taken orally or mixed with alcohol. The tablets can also be crushed and snorted or mixed with a liquid and injected directly into the body. The ill effects of rohypnol abuse include drowsiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, uncontrolled muscle movement, confusion, slurred speech, stomach problems and difficulty breathing. Long term drug abuse and dependence can result in serious physical and psychological problems.
The following names are commonly used for rohypnol: