What is the drug rohypnol, and what does it do?

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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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Rohypnol is the name of the tranquilizer drug whose active substance is flunitrazepam, which is the stronger equivalent to the active substance called diazepam. The effects produced by the Rohypnol are sedative and hypnotic and they could last hours. Since Rohypnol is very powerful sedative it is administered as preanesthetic agent. It is also administered to induce the sleep, to prevent convulsions and to reduce the anxiety.

The alcohol and Rohypnol have symbiotic effects, hence, the combined administration of the two, alcohol and Rohypnol, leads to the memory blackouts and severe disorientation.

The drug Rohypnol has no taste and odor and it cannot be identified if administered in drinks, hence, many victims who have been raped were identified as presenting flunitrazepam substance in the urine sample.

 The repeated use of Rohypnol can lead to addiction. Rohypnol is not manufactured in United States and it's medcal use is not legally approved.

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eli468 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Rohypnol is know as many more common names such as date rape drug, roach, roofies, and the forget pill. Rohypnol is the brand name for the drug Flunitrazepam. The drug works by depressing the central nervous system causing it to be a very strong sedative. Rohypnol can be taken in pill form, dissolved in a drink, or snorted into the nasal cavity. The short-term effects of this drug are feeling very sleepy, relaxed and drunk and can last anywhere from a couple hours to eight. It has been known to cause blackouts and memory loss as well as difficulty with moving and speaking. 

For medical purposes Rohypnol is used to treat insomnia due to its highly sedative effects. It is no longer legal in the United States but is used in 60 countries worldwide.

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nicole8923 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Rohypnol or Flunitrazepam is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine with general properties similar to those of Valium (diazepam). It is used in the short-term treatment of insomnia, as a pre-medication in surgical procedures and for inducing anaesthesia.

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