Flunitrazepam also known as Rohypnol is an intermediate acting benzodiazepine. Rohypnol was synthesized in 1972 by Roche intended as a prescription drug for extreme insomnia. Rohypnol is also known as the 'date-rape drug', roofies, the forget pill, rope and several other names. Rohypnol comes in pill form and can be ingested orally or crushed and snorted. It can also be administrated by crushing and mixing into food or dissolving into a liquid and either drinking or injecting. On the street rohypnol tends to cost $2 to $4 per tablet. Rohypnol is often associated with date-rape however is also used recreationally.
In the United States of America rohypnol can be prescribed for insomnia but is a controlled substance schedule IV when it comes to recreational use. This means that caught in possession without a prescription means one could face up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $250,000 In the UK, as with the United States it is legal with a private prescription although the National Health Service no longer uses it. It is considered a Class C drug when used recreationally meaning that anyone found in possession could face 2 years in jail and/or an unlimited fine. If charged with possession and intent to supply one could face up to 14 years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.
What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol used to come in the form of a white pill however now is an oblong tablet imprinted with 542 in an olive green color and which contains a blue dye. It's full chemical name is 6-(2-fluorophenyl)-2methyl-9-nitro-2,5-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undeca-5,8,10,12-tetraen-3one with a chemical formula as: C16H12FN3O3
Rohypnol is often used recreationally in order to increase intoxication with drinking. Opiate users utilize rohypnol to increase the sedative effect of drugs such as heroin. It can also be used to counteract the side-effects of stimulants like cocaine and to lessen the crash one feels after stimulant use.
Rohypnol is commonly used for spiking girls' drinks to take advantage of them sexually. This is due to the fact thatrohypnol, when overdosed, creates excessive sedation while it impairs balance and speech alongside overall dizziness. These effects are made more likely when rohypnol is used alongside alcohol and other opiates.
Unlike the expected disorientating effects some users experience other symptoms such ascausing anxiety, aggressiveness, agitation, lack of control when it comes to talkativeness and violent behavior.
Rohypnol can cause vomiting and respiratory depression. It may also deteriorate seep quality, create confusion in the user and cause a lack of ability to concentrate. Anterograde amnesia is linked to rohypnol usage and often comes alongside impaired mental arithmetic abilities.
Repeated rohypnol can create a physical dependency creating benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. These withdrawal symptoms can include depression anxiety, insomnia, amnesia, seizures and mood swings. Tolerance to rohypnolwill also increase with repeated usage and a user may need to use more and more for the same effect. This can increase the risk of severe negative effects such as coma or death.
Psychological dependence and addiction is also possible from use of rohypnol. If one becomes addicted, one will be likely to use excessively with a consistent disregard for the person's health and physical safety.