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Things You Need To Know
What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol, the trade name for flunitrazepam, is a drug produced by La
Roche Pharmaceuticals. It is manufactured for use as a pre-surgery
relaxant and is given to patients before they undergo anesthesia.
Although use of Rohypnol is not legal in the United States, DEA officials
say that Rohypnol is illegally coming into the U.S. from Mexico, Columbia,
and Europe. The DEA has classified Rohypnol as a schedule IV drug,
which means that large dose over a long period of time, can lead to
physical or psychological dependence. Because of its rapid spread across
the country, and because of its mind-altering and addictive effects, the
DEA is trying to upgrade Rohypnol to a Schedule 1 drug, which would put it
in the same class as heroin and LSD.
What are some of the slang names for Rohypnol?
Rohypnol is known by many different names on the street:
Ø The “date rape “drug
Ø Mexican valium
Ø Costa Rican Quaaludes
Ø Forget pill or
Ø Forget me pill
What are the effects of Rohypnol?
and prevent them from resisting sexual assault. Rohypnol intoxication is
generally associated with impaired judgment and impaired motor skills. The
combination of alcohol and Rohypnol is also particularly hazardous because
together, their effects on memory and judgment are greater that the
effects resulting from either taken alone. It is commonly reported
that persons who become intoxicated on a combination of alcohol and
rohypnol have “blackouts’ lasting 8 to 24 hours following ingestion.
Once physical dependence has developed, abrupt termination of the drug will result in withdrawal symptoms, such as:
¨ Extreme anxiety;
¨ Muscle pain;
¨ Confusion and irritability
Higher doses may induce insomnia.
Rohypnol sells for about $2.50 to $5.00 per pill and is packaged in a foil bubble package that makes it seem clean and safe. Officials say “Roofies” have been used by some school children 8 to 10 years old in the past five years.
Source: NIDA, ONDCP, U.S. DHHS, 10/00
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