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Rohypnol bör klassas som narkotika [Flunitrazepam should be classified as a controlled substance in Sweden]
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholms universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8562-5610
Karolinska Institutet.
1999 (Swedish)In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, Vol. 96, no 9, 1005-1007 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Flunitrazepam, widely known by its trade names (e.g. Rohypnol®), may cause severe violence, especially in combination with alcohol. Flunitrazepam abusers become coldblooded, ruthless and violent, and do not remember their violence. Reputedly it is supplied to professional hit-men and enforcers by their bosses to promote ruthless efficacy. One case report describes how a young man, intoxicated with flunitrazepam and involved in causing serious knife and gunshot wounds and taking hostages, felt so invincible that he openly challenged the police, threatening them with an assault rifle, but was himself shot. Flunitrazepam may exert pharmacological effects on GABA-ergic systems, thus lowering serotonin levels. The impulsive execution of violent crimes and suicid attempts in which a violent method (hanging, shooting, selfstabbing) has been used are associated with the presence of low serotonin levels. It is therefore recommended that flunitrazepam should be classified as a controlled substance in Sweden as it is elsewhere.

Abstract [sv]

Iaktagelser, främst av kriminella män, visar att vissa reagerar med kraftigt våld och förlust av hämningar på överdos av flunitrazepam. Det är troligt att detta beror på sjunkande serotoninnivå i hjärnan. Här beskrivs ett fall med en Rohypnolmissbrukare, dömd för våldsbrott. För att flunitrazepampreparat inte ska förskrivas som vilken annan lugnande medicin som helst, anser artikelförfattarna att dessa ska klassas som tung narkotika, som i USA.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. Vol. 96, no 9, 1005-1007 p.
Keyword [en]
addiction, aggression, case report, crime, drinking behavior, drug control, drug effect, forensic psychiatry, psychological aspect
Keyword [sv]
missbruk, aggression, fallbeskrivning, kriminalitet, beteende under påverkan, drogkontroll, drogeffekt, rättspsykiatri, psykologisk aspekt
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Social and Clinical Pharmacy
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-5034DiVA: diva2:585340
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-10 Last updated: 2015-02-03Bibliographically approved

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