Rohypnol

Know the facts about Rohypnol and connect with help and support to keep your child safe.

What are some slang terms?
Circles, Forget Pill, Date Rape Drug, Forget-Me-Pill, La Rocha, Lunch Money Drug, Mexican Valium, Pingus, R2, Reynolds, Roach, Roach 2, Roaches, Roachies, Roapies, Robutal, Rochas Dos, Rohypnol, Roofies, Rophies, Ropies, Roples, Row-Shay, Ruffies, Wolfies

What is it?
Rohypnol is the brand name for a drug called flunitrazepam, which is a powerful sedative that depresses the central nervous system. Rohypnol is not legally available for prescription in the United States, but is legal in many countries worldwide for treatment of insomnia.

Rohypnol is a “club drug,” which tends to be abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts, and parties.

Rohypnol is also considered to be a “date rape” drug because it has been used to commit sexual assaults due to its ability to sedate and incapacitate unsuspecting victims, preventing them from resisting sexual assault.

What does it look like?
A small white tablet with no taste or odor when dissolved in a drink.

How is it used?
Rohypnol is swallowed as a pill, dissolved in a drink, or snorted. Roofies are frequently used in combination with alcohol and other drugs. They are sometimes taken to enhance a heroin high, or to mellow or ease the experience of coming down from a cocaine or crack high. Used with alcohol, roofies produce disinhibition and amnesia.

What do young people hear about it?
The drug creates a sleepy, relaxed, and drunk feeling that lasts two to eight hours. It is a club drug and is sometimes used as a date rape drug.

What are the risks?

Effects may include blackouts, with a complete loss of memory, dizziness, respiratory depression (slowed breathing), disorientation, nausea, difficulty with motor movements and speaking. Rohypnol can produce physical and psychological dependence. Rohypnol is considered a “date rape” drug.

What are signs of use?

  • Blackout with complete loss of memory
  • Dizziness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty with motor movements and speaking
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

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