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What are the harmful effects of rohypnol?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Potent Sleeping Pill: This is prescribed when other sleeping pills have failed. It is powerful and has a big, bad reputation for inappropriate use. It's the sort of pill that your parents warn you about. It is blamed for lots of trouble - and where there's smoke...... I'd recommend staying away from it since the possible dangers are serious. Best!
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Provided original answer
It's a benzodiazepine and so it acts on the central nervous system. It knocks people out quickly and pretty totally and is amnesiac (you forget what happened just before and during it). It's been used to 'rape' victims. When its use is mixed with alcohol, it can slow breathing and heart rate to dangerously low levels, which can result in coma or death. Even alone overdose is easy and often fatal.
Apr 29, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Rohypnol: Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) is a benzodiazapine that has used for severe insomnia and anesthesia. It is illegal to possess it in the USA. It is called a “date rape” drug. It can cause serious problems like amnesia (with no memory of events, blackouts, dizziness, disorientation, respiratory depression, difficulty with speech & addiction.

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