Rohypnol is usually called the date rape drug or roofies. The drug’s actual name is Flunitrazepam and is legal in some countries (not the United States) to treat insomnia. Rohypnol is a sedative that creates a sleepy and relaxed feeling. It is comparable to Valium or Xanax, except that its sedative effects are 10 times stronger. It is a small white tablet that, when dissolved in a liquid, cannot be tasted nor smelled. It is used as a date rape drug because when it is combined with alcohol produces disinhibition and amnesia. Users often take Rohypnol with other drugs such as heroin or cocaine.
What are the effects of Rohypnol?
- Possible blackouts
- Loss of memory
- Muscle relaxation
- Respiratory problems
- Difficulty with motor movements
(references: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism NIAAA, National Institute on Drug Abuse, American Lung Association, Drug Enforcement Administration, The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center)