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Drugs of Abuse

Drug Type: Other Hallucinogens

Flunitrazepam: (Tradename: Rohypnol) a depressant drug classified as a benzodiazepine-sedative/hypnotic.

Other Names: Rohypnol, roches, roofies, mind erasers, R-2’s, Roach 2’s

What it looks like: Small white tablet made by Roche Pharma-ceuticals in labs in Mexico and South America. Flunitrazepam is illegal in the United States, however, it may be smuggled into the U.S. Rohynol may be found still in Roche blister packs-or aluminum foil bubble packs. They are often sold this way. Any pill purported to be Rohypnol, which is presented outside the Roche labeled blister pack, is probably fake and produced in a clandestine laboratory.

How it is used:

  • Ingested (often by mixing it into an alcoholic beverage)
  • Snorted

Effect of the drug: Effects are felt within 10 minutes and may last up to 8 hours

  • Muscle relaxation
  • Sedation/sleepiness
  • Loss of inhibition

Negative Effects/Overdose Effects:

  • Light-headedness/dizziness
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Memory loss
  • Incapacitation/ "passing out"
  • If mixed with alcohol or other drugs, the effects of flunitrazepam are accelerated and user may become incapacitated. It can also cause coma or death.

What to look for: A person who appears drunk, and has difficulty communicating, trouble walking, is fast becoming incapacitated, or has passed out and is unresponsive, but who does not exhibit any odor of alcohol, may be under the influence of flunitrazepam.

Paraphernalia Associated with Drug Use: Look for blister packs labeled Roche (writing may be in Spanish)

Potential for Abuse: Rohypnol is associated with the rave party and club scene. It is cheap, about $3 to $5 dollars a pill, and its effects are pleasurable and long-lasting. Rohypnol mixed with alcohol causes an accelerated "knockout" effect, leaving the user with no memory of what occurred after the drug was taken. Coupled with the fact that Rohypnol dissolves easily in liquids, and has no odor or taste, the dangers of Rohynol as a "date-rape" drug are evident. Rohypnol became known as the date rape drug in the early to mid-1990’s, as an alarming number of women across the country became the victim of rapes. Most of the stories were identical. The last thing most victims would remember is having a drink and becoming quickly incapacitated. The victims would "pass out" and awake many hours later to discover that they had been raped and often abducted.

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