May 3, 1998
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch have found that an increasing number of young women are taking Rohypnol, commonly known as the “date-rape drug”, to minimize depression and boost self-esteem. A recent UTMB survey found that of 900 women in the Galveston/Houston area, nearly 6 percent had used the addictive substance, and another 7.6 percent expressed an interest in trying Rohypnol within the next year. A potent tranquilizer, Rohypnol has been slipped into the beverages of unsuspecting young women at nightclubs and social events. Its effects can include extreme drowsiness, disorientation, paralysis, and amnesia. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in New Orleans, May 1-5. For interviews during the meeting, contact the press room at (504) 670-8502 or 670-8508. Researchers’ Institutional Contact: Allison Colling (409) 772-2618 firstname.lastname@example.org
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