Date Rape Drug – Rohypnol

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What is Rohypnol?  (Flunirtazepam)

This drug is a form of a sleeping pill belonging to the same class of drugs as Valium, Librium and Xanax.

Common Street Names
Circles,  Forget Pill, LA Rochas, Lunch Money, Mexican Valium, Mind Erasers, Poor Man’s  Quaalude, R-2, Rib, Roach, Roach-2, Roches, Roofies, Roopies, Rope, Rophies,  Ruffies, Trip-and-Fall, Whiteys

Use and Effects
Rohypnol is ingested orally, frequently in conjunction with alcohol or other drugs.   When slipped into a drink, a dye in these new pills may make clear liquids  turn bright blue and dark drinks may turn cloudy. But this color change might be  hard to see in a dark drink, like cola or dark beer, or in a dark room. Also,  the pills with no dye are still available. In addition, the pills may be ground up into a  powder.
The effects usually begin within 30 minutes, peak within 2 hours and may persist for up to eight hours or more depending on the dosage. Adverse effects of this drug are:

  • a decrease in blood pressure
  • memory impairment
  • drowsiness
  • visual disturbances
  • dizziness and confusion
  • with some people it can cause excitability and aggressive behavior.

It is commonly reported that persons who become “intoxicated” on a combination of alcohol and Rohypnol have “blackouts” lasting 6 to 12 hours or longer following ingestion. Lack of inhibition is another widely reported effect. Urine tests can determine the presence of Rohypnol in the body for 60-72 hours. By itself, Rohypnol is very unlikely to cause death but with alcohol the possibility exists that the combination could be fatal.

References:

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