Beware of the “FORGET-ME-PILLS”

It is exactly a month since the #ChibokGirls were abducted! And they are yet to be found and re-united with their families! Let's remember them and their families in prayers this morning that God will #Bring BackOurGirlsAlive! Against all odds!It seems the stakes are stacked against our youths; the Generation X. What with the various killings and abduction of our future generation. And yet another terrible threat to their right to life is the act of rape mostly of the female gender and the most horrific being that of the girl-child! Girls as young as two years of age! *shuddering* Hi everyone! These are trying times in our nation, Nigeria. I want to apologise that I won't be posting Chapter Five of the #SecretAnguish today. For sometimes now, long before the rallies for #BringBackOurGirls, there has been and I believe, rallies and outcry against RAPE. With all these agitation and call on the Government to deal more decisively with rapists, it seems the number of rape incidences continue to escalate! I have followed several debates where the Rapist becomes the victim and the Raped stigmatised! However, even as I believed there is no justification for rape, I want ladies to arm themselves with information and preventive measures to combat this menace. Recently I received another broadcast message that I will like to share with you, my readers. At first, I thought it was far-fetched, at least not in Nigeria until I asked a friend who operates a Pharmacy. I went on further to do a google search and was amazed at the amount of information available at our fingertips. The broadcast reads thus : Use of 'ROHYPNOL' to commit crime: A woman was taken by 5 men, who according to hospital and police reports, gang raped her before dumping her at a Bus stand! Unable to remember the events of the evening, tests later confirmed the repeat rapes along with traces of Rohypnol in her blood. Rohypnol, a date rape drug is essentially a small sterilization pill. The drug is now being used by rapists at parties to rape AND sterilize their victims. All they have to do is drop it into the girl's drink. The girl wouldn't remember a thing the next morning, of all that had taken place the night before. Rohypnol, which dissolves in drinks just as easily, is such that the victim doesn't conceive from the rape and the rapist needn't worry about having a paternity test identifying him months later. The Drug's effects ARE NOT TEMPORARY – they are PERMANENT. Any female that takes it WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO CONCEIVE. The weasels can get this drug from anyone who is in the vet school or any university. It's that easy, and Rohypnol is about to break out big on campuses everywhere. Believe it or not, there are even sites on the Internet telling people how to use it. Please forward this to everyone you know, especially girls. Girls, be careful when you're out and don't leave your drink unattended. (added – Buy your own drinks, ensure bottles or cans received are unopened or sealed; don't even taste someone else's drink) There has already been a report in Nigeria of girls drinks being spiked by Rohypnol. Please make the effort to forward this to everyone you know. For guys – Pls inform all your female friends and relatives, remember you also have sisters. Important news are meant to be passed on pls! Thanks. This was sent to me and I feel I shld pass it along to protect loved ones."Hmmm. What really is Rohypnol? The article below was culled from the google search I made.Rohypnol has been prescribed as an effective sleeping pill and is also used as a sedative and preanesthetic medication in some countries. Rohypnol is tasteless and odorless, and it dissolves easily in carbonated beverages. Rohypnol is usually taken orally, although there are reports that it can be ground up and snorted. The effects of flunitrazepam are fairly long-acting. The sedative and toxic effects of Rohypnol are aggravated by concurrent use of alcohol. The drug's effects begin within 30 minutes, peak within 2 hours, and may persist for up to 8 hours or more, depending upon the dosage. A single dose of Rohypnol, as small as 1 mg., can produce effects for 8-12 hours after ingestion. When combined with alcohol or other drugs, Rohypnol can impair judgment and motor skills and cause memory loss or blackouts (lasting 8 to 24 hours after ingestion). Loss of inhibition can also occur, with or without alcohol. A person under the influence of Rohypnol can appear to be drunk, display no coordination, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Sedation can occur as soon as 20 minutes after ingestion. The drug's effects will peak within 2 hours and may persist for up to 8 hours or more, depending on the dosage. The drug can cause profound "anterograde amnesia"; that is, individuals may not remember events they experienced while under the effects of the drug. This may be why one of the street names for Rohypnol is "the forget-me pill."Reports of abuse on many college campuses include stories of women waking up naked in unfamiliar surroundings with no memory of the preceding hours. They may have been sexually assaulted without any memory of what took place. It is important to note that sexual assault or abuse of Rohypnol is not gender biased. Although most cases are reported by females, this drug has the same effect on males. Both males and females have the right to seek treatment after sexual assault and/or suspected Rohypnol abuse.What does Rohypnol look like?This drug is shipped in bubble packaging or blister packs that appear very similar to aspirin. They are typically white in color, although counterfeit products have appeared in brownish-pink tint. Rohypnol tablets are single or cross-scored on one side with "ROCHE" and "1" or "2" encircled on the other. When dissolved in alcohol, soft drinks, water or any other liquid the drug is colorless, odorless and tasteless (although some report that it has a slightly bitter taste when mixed with alcohol).Is there a drug test for Rohypnol?YES. A urine test can detect the presence of Rohypnol up to 60 hours after ingestion. Rohypnol can be more difficult to detect than similar drugs because it is in low concentrations and is cleared quickly by the body.
How can I lower my risk?Watch your drink.
Watch out for each other
Avoid punch bowls.
Open your own bottle or container – don't accept opened drinks.
Tell others about Rohypnol. Awareness is a major factor in this or any other kinds of abuse.
Remember that Rohypnol is odorless, colorless and tasteless and can be added to ANY drink – even water.
If you suspect you or a friend may have ingested Rohypnol, be sure to get tested at the hospital Emergency Room. The drug is detectable for up to 60 hours but cases should and can be reported at any time.Report any suspected abuse of Rohypnol to proper legal authorities in order to protect yourself and others from harm. It is a federal offense to administer any controlled substance to any person without his/her knowledge, with the intent of committing a violent crime.Let's be vigilant!

About Kemi Odutayo

‘Kemi Odutayo, a graduate of University of Lagos, Nigeria is a Practitioner of NLP, a blogger, an author, a counselor and a media consultant. She is the Head of Operations, Me4 Communications, a publishing, marketing and communications outfit specializing in publishing books/eBooks, managing and offering training for social media accounts for individuals and organizations. Kemi and her husband of many years, Kayode Odutayo have a beautiful family blessed with three lovely children.