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Effects & Risks of GBH & Rohypnol®

Effects & Risks of GBH & Rohypnol®

The risk of being sexually assaulted is a significant danger with both GHB and Rohypnol use. People may unknowingly be given theses sedatives which, especially when mixed with alcohol, can incapacitate and prevent a victim from resisting sexual assault. Both substances are odourless and can be very difficult to detect when mixed in drinks.

GHB users risk many negative physical effects including vomiting, liver failure, potentially fatal respiratory problems, and tremors and seizures, which can result in comas. Any GHB-induced illness should be taken seriously and the user taken to the emergency room.

Rohypnol may be lethal when mixed with alcohol and/or other depressants. In Miami, one of the first sites of Rohypnol use, poison control centers reported an increase in withdrawal seizures among people addicted to Rohypnol.

Other dangerous risks include overdose, which can happen suddenly with even small amounts of use of these substances. Symptoms include slowed or loss of breathing, cold body temperature, seizures and coma. Mixing these substances with alcohol, opioids or other drugs significantly increases the risk of fatality.

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