Club Drugs: Rohypnol

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Name of drug:

Rohypnol goes into the category of club drugs.


Nicknames: Roofies, Rophies, Roche, Forget-me Pill, Circles, Lunch Money, Mind Erasers, Whiteys, “Date rape drug”

Consequences

1. Socially - it changes how you feel and interact. You may act differently around your friends, family, and strangers, which may make them think differently about you.

2. Physically - can cause anterograde amnesia, which makes it a “date rape” drug. Blood pressure, drowsiness, visual disturbances, dizziness, confusion.

3. Mentally/Emotionally - being unconscious can leave a person being scared, anxious, and nervous

4. Legally - Rohypnol is not manufactured or sold legally in the United States. However, it is produced and sold legally by prescription in Europe and Latin America. It is smuggled into the United States by mail or delivery services. The Federal Controlled Substances Act makes having Rohypnol a crime and carrying it can send you to prison or give you a fine.

If you intended to sell or distribute it, you will have even more of a penalty.

Drug's Origin

Rohypnol is a form of a benzodiazepines which is a prescription medicine to help people go to sleep.

Benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat

But they are habit forming and are commonly misused.


Where is it found? Forms of the drug?

Rohypnol is sold legally by prescription in Europe and Latin America, but can be smuggled into North America.

It is found in tablet form, and is either white, greenish blue, or dyed different colors to be mixed into drinks. It can sometime also be found in powder form to add to someone’s drink.


Who is Rohypnol's target crowd.

Rohypnol targets mainly people in clubs that are not watching their drinks.

It can be used on men, but it is more commonly used on women, since it is a date rape drug.


What are the warning signs of drug abuse with this drug?

Some warning signs are:

  • Drowsiness

  • Confusion

  • Appearing drunk

  • Impaired motor skills

  • Nightmares

  • Dizziness

  • Disorientation

  • Disinhibition

  • Impaired Judgement

  • Slurring your words

  • Difficulty standing or walking

3 staggering facts about Rohypnol

  • Under federal law, a person who has Rohypnol can be fined up to $4,000,000 and/or face a sentence of at least 10 years in prison

  • It is under the class of Benzodiazepine

  • It can cause extreme damage to your central nervous system

Where you can go for help/hotline

Office for Victims of Crime: http://ojp.gov/ovc/ :1-800-627-6872

Recovery.org: 888-319-2606