What is Rohypnol and Why is it Dangerous?
Rohypnol is the brand name for Flunitrazepam, which is manufactured by Hoffman-La Roche. This small white tablet is a very powerful sedative and can depress a person’s central nervous system.
Some street names for Rohypnol are La roche, Rib, R2, Roofenol or Rope. Other common terms for this date rape drug are Roofies, Ruffies, Rophies, Mind-Erasers and the Forget Pill.
Rohypnol is illegal in the United States and has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Pharmacies cannot sell it and doctors cannot prescribe it. However, it is legal in over 50 other countries across the globe, including Mexico, Europe and Colombia. This drug is a pre-anesthetic and is a short-term treatment for insomnia.
Roofies are usually used along with other drugs. It can enhance a person’s heroin high and can also ease the experience for someone to come down from a crack or cocaine high. Roofies are ingested orally, either by swallowing it as a pill or dissolving it in a drink. It can also be snorted. The effects of Roofies begin to take place after about thirty minutes, and can last anywhere from two to eight hours.
Many females have reported being raped after being involuntarily sedated with Rohypnol. The fact that Rohypnol is pretty much undetectable makes it a popular drug of choice used in date rape. Since the drug has no odor or taste, the victim has no idea about what is happening. A victim of Roofies will definitely not be able to resist a sexual attack.
This drug causes amnesia or disinhibition when mixed with alcoholic beverages. Someone who takes Rohypnol will feel sleepy and relaxed, similar to how one would feel if he or she was drunk. Common side effects are nausea, dizziness and difficulty with speaking and motor movements. Often, people experience blackouts, which include a complete loss of memory and disorientation. A female under the influence of Roofies may not be able to remember the assault or her attacker. She may have no memories of what happened to her around the time of the assault.
In order to avoid the effects of Rohypnol and becoming a victim of date rape, you should be wary about accepting drinks from strangers or people that you have not known for very long. If you do accept a drink from someone else, make sure that it comes from an unopened container. As much as possible, open the drink yourself and do not leave it unattended.