No one ever thinks it’ll happen to them when they go to a club or party to let loose for a night – trying club drugs. According to a recent study, 61.5 percent of high school seniors reported that club drugs were “very easy” to get. Some of the most popular club drugs are GHB and Rohypnol, which are also known as ‘date rape’ drugs or ‘roofies’.
Parents be Aware
These types of drugs are easy to conceal at parties and clubs and when predators prey on their victims, it is relatively simple to slip a pill in a victim’s drink before performing often terrible acts of sex and drug abuse. Parents who have teenagers and young adults need to be aware of these deadly club drugs as teens may abuse these psychoactive drugs at parties, clubs, and concerts.
Even though GHB and Rohypnol are considered ‘date rape’ drugs, individuals often become addicted to them as the drugs depress the central nervous system and give users a drunk or drugged feeling. This feeling allows users to escape from reality for a brief time. Parents and those who know users who have attempted to use these drugs should realize the serious physical, emotional, and mental side effects these drugs cause for teens or young adults.
What are Roofies? Are They Dangerous?
Rohypnol, medically known as flunitrazepam, is popularly known in the club scene as a ‘date rape’ drug. Individuals who imbibe this drug, even unknowingly, will not taste it if it’s mixed with drinks or food. When a person mixes this drug with alcohol and offers it to a victim, the individual is often incapacitated, making them a prime target for sexual assault. Teenagers and adults who take Rohypnol with alcohol and other depressants create a lethal combination which may result in death.
Common dangers of taking Rohypnol include:
- Inability to move or speak
- Anterograde amnesia
What are the Dangers of GHB?
GHB is considered a depressant for the central nervous system (CNS). According to a study on alcoholism, up until 1992, GHB was available for purchase over-the-counter at health food and drug stores to be used by body builders in eliminating fat and increasing muscle mass. GHB was found in tablet form, capsule, liquid, or as a white powder. It is relatively flavorless, with a possible salty essence, so it is often mixed with flavored or alcoholic beverages. Individuals who use GHB on a regular basis often develop a physical and psychological addiction.
Common dangers of taking GHB include:
- Difficulty breathing
GHB gives users and victims a euphoric, sedative effect.
What are the Physical, Emotional, and Mental Side Effects of Using GHB and Rohypnol?
Due to their addictive behaviors, GHB and Rohypnol come with several serious physical, emotional, and mental side effects for those taking it without consent. Victims who have been introduced to the drugs may become addicted as a side effect or suffer abuse from rape or other serious sexual crimes.
Physical, Mental, and Emotional Side Effects of Rohypnol
Parents who suspect their teenager has an addiction to Rohypnol often notice the apparent physical side effects caused by the drug.
These physical effects include:
- Slurred speech
- Impaired motor coordination
- Coma and death
The mental and emotional side effects of Rohypnol include:
- Psychological dependency
- Loss of inhibitions
- Violent behaviors
- Confusion and excitement
- Memory impairment
If this drug is combined with opiates and alcohol, it may lead the victim or addict to death.
Physical, Mental, and Emotional Side Effects of GHB
Family members and friends who suspect their loved one is using GHB often notice the physical side effects after the addict takes it.
The physical effects include:
- Impaired motor skills
The mental and emotional side effects of GHB include:
- Uninhibited feelings
- Memory loss
How to Treat Club Drug Addictions
Those who see the tell-tale signs and symptoms of club drug abuse in their loved one need to take immediate action before it’s too late. These are addictive drugs and leave many victims of sexual assaults in its wake. For those who are seeking guidance on treatment options for Rohypnol and GHB addictions, contact Best Drug Rehabilitation. Our assistance can help you find the best treatment with minimal withdrawal effects.