WHAT IS ROHYPNOL?
Rohypnol is the trade name for the drug flunitrazepam. It belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, predominantly central nervous system depressants. It is 10 times more potent than a similar drug, Valium. These drugs emerged a few years ago as “drug-assisted assault” drugs. Illicit use of Rohypnol began in the 1970’s in Europe and appeared in the United States in the early 1990’s.
WHAT DOES ROHYPNOL LOOK LIKE?
Rohypnol comes in pill form and is usually sold in the manufacturer’s bubble packaging, which can mislead users in the United States in to believing the drug is safe and legal.
HOW IS ROHYPNOL CONSUMED?
Rohypnol is usually dissolved in water or any other drink. It can also be snorted.
WHAT DOES ROHYPNOL DO TO ME?
The effects of Rohypnol begin within 15-20 minutes of administration and, depending on the amount ingested, may persist for more than 12 hours.
Under Rohypnol, individuals may experience a slowing of psychomotor performance, muscle relaxation, decreased blood pressure, sleepiness, and/or amnesia. Rohypnol can incapacitate victims and prevent them from resisting sexual assault. It can produce “anterograde amnesia”, which means individuals may not remember events they experience while under the effects of the drug. Also, Rohypnol may be lethal when mixed with alcohol and/or other depressants.
WHAT IS DRUG FACILITATED RAPE?
Drug facilitated rape can be defined as sexual assault made easier by the offender’s use on an “anesthesia” type drug that can render the victim physically incapacitated or helpless and unable to give consent to sexual activity. Rohypnol is known as a date rape drug because perpetrators slip it into a victims drink causing them to black out with normal inhibitions taken away leaving the victim helpless while blocking the memory of a rape or assault. Signs that you may have been drugged include feeling a lot more intoxicated than your usual response to the amount of alcohol you consumed, remembering taking a drink but being unable to recall what happened for a period of time, and feeling as though someone had sex with you but being unable to remember any or all of the incident.
Some of the adverse side effects associated with the drug’s use are drowsiness, headaches, memory impairment, dizziness, nightmares, confusion, and tremors. Although classified as a depressant, Rohypnol can induce aggression and/or excitability.
Rohypnol is often referred to as these names on the street: Roofies, rophies, roach, rope, the forget pill, ruffies, R2, roofenol, la roche and rib.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse