Rohypnol: Fact or fiction

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 3:19 pm

Many teenagers seem to believe that club drugs such as Rohypnol, GHB, and ecstasy are harmless. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is so alarmed by the lack of recognition of the serious dangers of these drugs that they have increased their funding for club drug research by 40%, raising the total amount of committed research dollars to $54 million. They have also created a website devoted to reliable, science-based information on club drugs: www.clubdrugs.org.
In addition, NIDA and four national organizations — the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Join Together, and National Families in Action — launched a multi-media public education campaign targeted at teens, young adults, parents, educators, and others to spread the message that club drugs are not harmless “fun drugs.” The campaign includes postcards and brochures containing information about how club drugs are used and their various slang names. The information is posted on college campuses, in bookstores, at coffee bars, and other places where young people hang out.
Another aspect of educating people about club drugs is getting them to recognize warning signs that someone close to them may be using Rohypnol or other club drugs.
Warning signs can include:
• problems remembering things they have said or done
• loss of coordination, dizziness, or fainting
• abnormal confusion
• sleep problems
• chills or sweating
• slurred speech
NIDA’s research has found that in addition to the known side effects of many club drugs, other serious health problems can result from chronic recreational use of these drugs. These problems include hallucinations, paranoia, and depression.

 

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