What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol, or “roofies” are known commonly by two labels—a “club” drug and a “date rape” drug. Secondly, Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine—like Valium and Xanax. Unlike Valium and Xanax, however, it is an illegal drug.
ohypnol is actually the brand name for a substance called flunitrazepam—which is actually a legal sedative in Mexico and South America. However, it is not legal here in North America. Because it is more difficult to get in the US, it’s most popular in those states which border on Mexico or have a larger population of Mexican and South American immigrants.
Rohypnol rose in popularity for date-rape over drugs like GHB because it is completely odorless, colorless, tasteless and is easily dissolved. It creates an effect like drunkenness and can cause sedation pretty quickly—about 20-30 minutes after drinking it. This drug can also cause amnesia in its victims. Depending on the drink and strength of the alcohol, these effects can happen more quickly.
Some companies have tried to solve the issue of how undetectable it is by creating a version of Rohypnol that turns the drink its dissolved in blue. However, there are still versions of the drug out there which are completely colorless.
The best option for someone who is concerned about spiked drinks is for them to keep an eye on their drink at all times. If they suspect their drink has been dosed, they should throw it out and get a new one with a different glass. If someone is going to get them a drink, they should ensure it is in an unopened bottle/can—or ensure that the person getting the drink is someone they would trust with their life.
Rohypnol can cause:
- impaired judgment
- difficulty moving/speaking
- physical and psychological dependence
- respiratory issues
- decrease in blood pressure
Once a person is addicted to Rohypnol, withdrawal from this drug has some similarity to that of other benzodiazepines—also called “benzos”. However, most drugs have their own, unique withdrawal symptoms.