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Roofies, the "Date Rape Drug", Rophies, Roach, Rope, R2, Mexican Valium


Rohypnol is a legitimate drug used in the short-term treatment of sleep disorders, producing sedative-hypnotic effects including muscle relaxation and amnesia. It is alleged that some men have slipped the drug into the drinks of young women who either then pass out or experience short-term memory loss and are then vulnerable to sexual exploitation and rape.


Rohypnol is sold on prescription in the form of white tablets with the word ROCHE written across. Due to its cheap street price, Rohypnol abuse has become increasingly widespread among teens, college students, and club goers.  Because Rohypnol dissolves quickly in drinks leaving no odour or taste and often leads to blackouts when mixed with alcohol, it has also become known as the 'date rape' drug.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Used on its own, Rohypnol is unlikely to be fatal, but when combined with other drugs such as alcohol and cannabis the risk increases greatly - as the drug suppresses the central nervous and respiratory systems, there's a chance that you could stop breathing. Other side effects include hallucinations, vertigo, skin rashes, stomach problems and changes in libido.  Rohypnol use causes dependence in humans. Once dependence has developed, abstention induces withdrawal symptoms, including headache, muscle pain, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, confusion, and irritability.  It has been implicated in several date rape cases in the US, although there is no confirmed case of it being used in sexual assault cases in the UK.


Rohypnol is a class C drug. It can be obtained only through private prescription in the UK. It is not illegal to possess the drug if it has been obtained through prescription. Supply without authority is illegal and Class C penalties apply (maximum 14 years imprisonment and/or fine).

  1. Rohypnol is a Tranquilliser like Diazepam (Valium), yet is 10 times more potent.
  2. In other countries Rohypnol is used to treat severe sleep disorders and serious psy-chiatric disorders
  3. When mixed with any liquid, including sodas, water or alcohol, the tablet dissolves instantly, with no taste. It is colourless and odourless, and is virtually undetectable after dissolving.
  4. Upon consumption, the drug takes effect within 20 - 30 minutes.
  5. It seems to have a synergistic (drugs that work together so the total effect is greater than the sum of the two (or more)) effect when used in conjunction with alcohol.
  6. Rohypnol has no smell or taste when mixed in a drink, making it extremely easy for a woman to be put in a dangerous situation.
  7. Rohypnol, can damage the neurons in your brain, impairing your senses, memory, judgment, and coordination Rohypnol is a central nervous system depressant.
  8. Rohypnol makes users very relaxed, confused, and "spaced-out." It can take away all inhibitions, making people do things they ordinarily wouldn't do. Enough rohypnol can make people pass out, and even slip into a coma if taken in combination with other drugs or in large doses.
  9. Rohypnol can cause a kind of amnesia - users may not remember what they said or did while under the effects of the drug, making it easier for others to take advantage of them.
  10. Rohypnol can kill you. Higher doses of club drugs, like rohypnol, can cause severe breathing problems, coma, or even death.
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