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Rohypnol

Sounds Like: row.HIP.nall

Classification: Benzodiazepine

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: Schedule IV

Other names for Rohypnol

  • Flunitrazepam
  • Roofies
  • Roche
  • Ruffles
  • Forget-me Drug
  • Circles
  • Mexican Valium

Rohypnol Addiction

Rohypnol easily foments drug dependence in those who use it beyond the prescribed duration or dosage. In fact, dependency is one of the primary side effects of the medication on both a physical and psychological level. When people quit, it becomes clear whether or not they became dependent on the drug during use due to withdrawal, which mainly presents in the form of seizures, psychosis, insomnia, and anxiety. Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is essentially consistent with these same symptoms. 

Rebound insomnia is also a definite possibility with Rohypnol withdrawal. It’s worse than baseline insomnia, and it usually happens right after patients terminate their use of flunitrazepam. This can occur even if their use was merely via short-term single nightly dose therapy, which demonstrates how easily the drug yields dependency in its users.

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Intended Use of Rohypnol

Flunitrazepam, or Rohypnol, is prescription treatment for insomnia, and it’s often also used to support anesthesia. Like other hypnotics, it’s usually only ever prescribed for short-term use. Exceptions would be for those diagnosed with chronic insomnia, but that call is usually made at the discretion of the prescribing physician. The drug is only used at all in a handful of countries, including the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

How Rohypnol Is Taken

Rohypnol is taken as a tablet about half the time. However, it’s almost equally common to take it rectally as a suppository.

Side Effects of
Rohypnol

  • Somnolence
  • Dependence
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressiveness
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Disinhibition
  • Loss of Impulse Control
  • Talkativeness
  • Violent behavior
  • Convulsions
  • Hypotonia

Signs of an
Addiction to Rohypnol

Craving sleep during the day despite having slept well last night

Taking it in ways other than how it was prescribed

Prioritizing sleep over spending time with family or friends

Overdosing more than once

Rohypnol
Abuse Facts

Each 1-mg. tablet of Rohypnol costs between $6 and $10 apiece. In order to take one every night for a month, one would have to spend between $180 and $300 per month on the drug. Increased tolerance would require upping the dosage beyond this as well.

Rohypnol is a notorious date-rape drug commonly used for aductions and other sex crimes. The Drug Indiced Rape Prevention and Punishment Act of 1996 made it illegal to distribute, sell or own Rohypnol in the U.S.

A Swedish doctor infamously abducted and sequestered a woman in a soundproof bunker in Helsinki by giving her strawberries laced with Rohypnol. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison as of 2016 according to the Associated Press.