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Rohypnol is sold in some countries as a sleeping pill, but is illegal in the United States. Because it can cause extreme drowsiness (or “blackouts”), it is often used in date rapes.
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This drug is swallowed, sometimes with alcohol or other drugs. Sometimes it’s crushed and snorted, dissolved and injected, or sprinkled on marijuana and smoked.
Rohypnol has received a lot of attention because of its association with date rape. Many teen girls and women report having been raped after having rohypnol slipped into their drinks. The drug also causes “anterograde amnesia.” This means it’s hard to remember what happened while on the drug. Because of this, it can be hard to give important details if a young woman wants to report the rape.
Rohypnol can cause a drop in blood pressure, as well as cause memory loss, drowsiness, dizziness, and an upset stomach. Though it’s part of the depressant family of drugs, it causes some people to be overly excited or aggressive.
Users can become physically addicted to rohypnol, so it can cause extreme withdrawal symptoms when users stop.
About half of people who have been raped know the person who attacked them. This article explains what date rape is, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you’ve been raped.
It’s not hard to find drugs, and sometimes it may seem like everyone’s doing them or wanting you to do them. But there are downsides (and dangers)Â to taking drugs.
Rape is forced, unwanted sexual intercourse. Rape is about power, not sex. Both men and women of any age can be raped. Find out what you can do and how to take care of yourself after a rape.
Half of all people who are raped know their attacker. Increase your child’s awareness of date rape and teach him or her how to stay safe.
Knowing what drugs are out there, what they can do, and how they can affect someone is the first step in raising drug-free kids.
Just as you inoculate your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help “immunize” them against drug use by giving them the facts now.
Amphetamines (including prescription diet pills) are highly addictive stimulants that accelerate functions in the brain and body.
Depressants calm and relax nerves. But if used in the wrong way, they can be dangerous and even cause life-threatening problems.
Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal narcotic that can cause death when taken in excess.
Inhalants like glue are sniffed or huffed to give the user a high. Just doing it one time can be fatal.
Ketamine hydrochloride is a quick-acting anesthetic that can cause intoxication, hallucinations, and even death when taken in dangerously high doses.
LSD is a dangerous hallucinogenic drug that affects mood, judgment, and behavior.
Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the United States.
Ecstasy is a dangerous illegal drug that can cause hallucinations and even death.
GHB, gamma hydroxybutyrate, is a popular club and date rape drug that can be deadly.
Methamphetamines are dangerous stimulants that speed up a person’s heart rate and bodily functions. When used in large doses, meth can kill.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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