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Mixing Rohypnol with Alcohol

Rohypnol is the brand name of a sedative medication known as flunitrazepam. In many countries it is prescribed for the treatment of insomnia but has never been approved for sale in the United States.

Rohypnol is in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines and is best known as the “date rape” drug. Other slang terms for Rohypnol include the following:

  • Roofies
  • Ruffies
  • Roachies
  • Ruffin
  • Forget-me pill

Although anyone can abuse Rohypnol, it has become popular with high school and college students, in part because of its relatively low cost. It is often used at parties or raves and is frequently mixed with alcohol or other drugs.

Combining Rohypnol with Other Substances

Combining Rohypnol with other substances is a dangerous and potentially fatal practice. Rohypnol is a central nervous system depressant, and combining it with alcohol or opiate drugs intensifies these effects. The overdose risk of Rohypnol is high and becomes even higher when other substances are used. Rohypnol overdose symptoms include the following:

  • Excessive sedation
  • Loss of balance
  • Impairment of speech
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Depression of heart rate
  • Slowing of breathing
  • Coma

Amnesia and disinhibition are common effects of Rohypnol, and these, too, are intensified when the drug is combined with alcohol or other drugs. Rohypnol is known as the date rape drug, because it may be dropped in the drink of unsuspecting victims so they will be unable to resist or remember their assailants. Those planning to commit robbery or other crimes may also use Rohypnol, with or without alcohol, because of its disinhibiting effects and because the amnesia produced makes police interrogations challenging. When Rohypnol and alcohol are combined, the memory loss may last 8 to 24 hours.

In addition to being combined with other sedative drugs to intensify their effects, Rohypnol may also be used by those who abuse stimulant drugs. It may be used to counteract side effects or withdrawal symptoms. When combined with amphetamines, Rohypnol may cause seizures or coma.

Find Help for Rohypnol Addiction

Rohypnol is both physically and psychologically addictive. If you’re addicted to Rohypnol or suspect a loved one may be, give us a call and let us connect you with recovery professionals who can help. Our number is toll-free and available 24 hours a day. Don’t wait to get the treatment you need, take a step toward recovery now.