Rohypnol

Lindsey Marino

What is this drug?

Rohypnol is a depressant that causes your heart and breathing rate to decrease. Your blood pressure drops and can cause a range of effects from mild relaxation, to deep sleep. (This definition is from the vocabulary sheet, ¨Medicine and Illegal Drugs.¨)

Slang Terms (Street Names)

Roofies, Rope, Ruffies, Date Rape Drug

Effects and dangers of this drug:

Short Term Effects:

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Memory Loss
  • Nightmares
  • Impaired Motor Skills
  • Speech is Blurred
  • Difficulty Walking or Standing
  • Vomiting
  • Death


Long Term Effects:

  • General Learning can be effected
  • Tolerance and dependence when used regularly

Statistics

  • Rohypnol is 10 times as strong as Valium, which is a sedative.
  • Study shows that 4 million doses of Rohypnol were brought into the United States from Mexico in one year.
  • The age group that is most common that this drug is used in is 18-20 (college age) and people ages 35-44.
  • The use of Rohypnol in the US has increased by 0.2%.

Advice:

Some advice I would give about drugs is always keep an eye on your surroundings. Someone could easily put something in your drink, or do something harmful to your body. Don't do drugs because it can do a lot of bad things to your body, and why would you want to risk your life like that?

Questions from Handout:


  • What's the difference between legal medicine and illegal drugs?

The difference between legal medicine and illegal drugs is legal medicine is prescribed by a doctor, that is helped to cure a sickness or ability. Illegal drugs are drugs that aren't allowed to be taken, and can effect your body in a bad way.


  • What should I do if I hear about kids in my school using drugs?

What I should do if I hear that kids in my school are using drugs is tell a teacher or a trust- worthy adult that this is happening. If you don't tell anyone, and something happens to them, you will feel like you could have done something for that person.

That is some information to teach you about the drug, Rohypnol, and how it can effect your body in many different ways. This a picture of one way Rohypnol can be taken:
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