Although there are not many benefits to Rohypnol, there are some. In other countries, doctors often prescribe Rohypnol for the treatment of sleeping disorders such as insomnia. It is also used for patients preparing for surgery to help induce anesthesia.1
Many people in the United States often buy Rohypnol illegally from pharmacies overseas to help treat their sleeping disorders. Similarly, people who sell or use Rohypnol recreationally may also buy from other countries since the drug is illegal for all uses in the US.
What Harm Does Rohypnol Cause?
More times than not, Rohypnol use is outside the parameters of the way it was intended. Any use of Rohypnol in the United States is illegal. Because of this, many resort to selling and buying on the street. But because drugs from the black market are not regulated, unknown substances can be added to Rohypnol while the person buying and using is unaware.
The following are examples of when Rohypnol becomes dangerous to people taking the drug:
- When used unknowingly
- When used in high doses
- When used for illegal purposes
Rohypnol becomes extremely dangerous when an individual takes it unknowingly — most often as a date rape drug. It is known for its hypnotic effects that allow a perpetrator to sedate someone without them knowing.2 When someone uses Rohypnol to drug someone, he or she can be putting that person’s life in jeopardy. Additionally, high doses of Rohypnol can result in cardiac arrest or death.
Safety Precautions to Avoid Rohypnol Use
It is always wise to be aware of your surroundings and to keep an eye on your own food and drink. However, it is even more necessary if you are in a party-friendly atmosphere, especially when you could be viewed as the more vulnerable party.
The following are some of the ways people can protect themselves from Rohypnol:
- Always take your drinks with you.
- If you must leave your drink or food, leave it with a trusted friend.
- If you start to feel like you are blacking out, immediately seek help from a trusted friend or medical personal.
Rohypnol is most commonly mixed in with beverages, typically alcoholic beverages. You must always keep track of your drink — do not set it down to go dancing or mingle with friends. Either finish your drink, or have a trusted friend watch it for you. If you start to feel uncomfortable or start to black out, seek your friends immediately. You can take precautions to save yourself or others from Rohypnol.
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1 "Rohypnol." Drugs.com. 4 September 2018.
2 "Rohypnol." Drug Enforcement Administration. Accessed 28 October 2018.