When you’re heading out on the town with your friends, you are just looking to have a great time and then head home. You might want to hit up a bar, go dancing, sing some karaoke, and chat with your friends all evening long. The last thing you want is for someone to do something to cause you or one of your friends any harm. One of the risks that many people, women especially, face when they go have some drinks is being drugged.
People with nefarious intentions may slip any number of substances into your drink to lower your inhibitions and take advantage of you. One of the most popular options is commonly known as roofies. This is short for Rohypnol. When one of these pills is dropped in your drink, it can potentially leave you unconscious within several minutes. These benzodiazepines are usually prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders. It’s important for people to be aware of the symptoms of roofies to help them get to safety.
Drowsiness That Makes It Difficult to Stay Awake
The drowsiness that comes from being roofied is far beyond normal sleepiness caused by alcohol. When you’ve been drugged, you may experience a wave of tiredness that stops you in your tracks. For some people, and depending on the dosing, you may even completely fall asleep from the drowsiness.
Slurred Speech Beyond What is Normal
Another symptom of being roofied is slurred speech. While this may not be noticeable after you’ve had several drinks, it can be concerning if you experience slurred speech after only a drink or two. If you find yourself unable to talk like normal, you and your friends should seek safety.
Memory Loss Over a Certain Time
While some people experience blackouts and memory loss from consuming too much alcohol, it’s also a symptom of being roofied. People who have been dosed with Rohypnol may experience memory loss specifically related to certain times and dates. If you or a friend can’t remember a certain night or day, you may have been dosed with roofies.
Getting Roofied Can Cause Nausea and Vomiting
Another common symptom of being drugged with roofies is that you may start vomiting or suddenly feel queasy. It’s different than just being sick from drinking a little too much alcohol and it can come on almost instantly. It’s like one minute you are fine and the next you are running to the bathroom. It’s important to have a friend come with you if you need to run to the bathroom because you could be vulnerable to assault if you have been drugged.
Confusion and Difficulty Moving Muscles
It’s natural to feel a little foggy when you drink alcohol or to move a little more slowly. What’s not natural is to have confusion and feel like your limbs are lead weights while drinking. When you’ve been roofied, you may experience a sense of disorientation, confusion, and even difficulty moving your muscles.
It’s important to stay safe when you go out with friends. There is nothing scarier than getting drugged and not knowing what will happen to you. Learn the symptoms of being roofied and take steps to protect yourself and your friends when you go out.