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    Rohypnol | Facts, Effects, & Dangers Of Flunitrazepam

    Rohypnol (the brand name for flunitrazepam) is a benzodiazepine and depressant commonly known by the street name “roofies.” Rohypnol is a Schedule IV controlled substance, but it’s not approved to be manufactured or used in the United States.

    Despite this, the illegal drug can be smuggled into the U.S. from countries such as Mexico. Rohypnol is also known as a club drug used by college students and adolescents as well as a date rape drug to incapacitate targets of sexual assault.

    Rohypnol Facts

    Rohypnol creates sedative, muscle relaxant, and anti-anxiety effects. However, those participating in drug use can crush Rohypnol into a powder for insufflation, intravenous injection, or to combine with an alcoholic beverage. 

    Rohypnol can be placed in alcohol to heighten the effects of the drug, resulting in severe sedation and impairment.

    Street Names

    According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Rohypnol has multiple street names that can include:

    • ruffies
    • roofies
    • roaches
    • roachies
    • forget pill
    • la rocha
    • circles
    • money drug
    • roche
    • wolfies
    • rophies
    • Mexican Valium

    Effects Of Rohypnol

    Rohypnol creates various side effects in addition to sedation. This benzodiazepine can create side effects which range in severity, including:

    • drowsiness
    • dizziness
    • constipation
    • dry mouth
    • impaired mental state
    • sedation
    • amnesia
    • aggression
    • headache

    Dangers Of Flunitrazepam

    There are serious dangers associated with Rohypnol use due to sedation which occurs. The sedative effects may be exacerbated when the drug is combined with other substances.

    Risk Of Sexual Assault

    One of the dangers of Rohypnol is how it can be used as a date rape drug for those seeking to commit sexual assault. College students may primarily be targeted due to easy access and the type of “party lifestyle” which occurs on certain campuses throughout the country.

    The Rohypnol pill may be combined with an alcoholic beverage, increasing impairment and sedation. When the two substances are combined, severe drowsiness and sleepiness may take place.

    According to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Rohypnol is the oldest drug used for rape. To avoid a drink “spiked” with Rohypnol, use a drink with a lid and be aware of your surroundings.

    Rohypnol Overdose

    Those suffering from a drug overdose of Rohypnol may encounter various overdose symptoms such as:

    • loss of coordination
    • confusion
    • fluctuations in blood pressure
    • convulsions
    • respiratory depression
    • slurred speech
    • slow heart rate
    • extreme sleepiness
    • loss of consciousness

    If an overdose is expected, seek urgent medical attention right away.

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    If you or a loved one are seeking treatment options for your drug abuse, consider Ark Behavioral Health. At our treatment center, we provide various plans which consist of detox, inpatient and outpatient care, and individual and group therapy.

    To learn more about our treatment options, please contact us today.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.
    Article Sources

    Drug Enforcement Administration - Drug fact Sheet - Rohypnol
    National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Club Drugs
    Office of National Drug Control Policy - Rohypnol
    United States Department of Justice - Date Rape Drugs

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