Here's a look at a common date rape drug, rohypnol, otherwise known as roofies or forget me pill, how people take them and how to guard against getting drugged at a bar.
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Rohypnol is the common name for a drug called Flunitrazepam, the slang term used
is roofies. Rohypnol is believed to be most commonly used drug in commission
of drug assisted Sexual assaults in the United States, the United Kingdom, and
throughout Europe, Asia and South America and very popular in clubs and rave
Drug rape is one of the fastest-growing crimes against women in the U.S.
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Roofie as a noun and verb (as in, “I got roofied last night,” or “He slipped her a roofie”) is a slangy riff on the name of the most popular “date rape drug” circa 1999, rohypnol. But as it happens, no one actually gets dosed with an actual roofie anymore. Only 1 in 100 victims who go for blood work test positive for rohypnol. These days, the drugs slipping out of pockets and into highball glasses all over New York are primarily GHB .
In my cap and gown at graduation, I walked down the aisle with a scar on my upper lip, cheek and eyebrow. Going back to graduate school had been life-changing, but being drugged could have been life-ending. I was lucky. What happened to me can happen to anyone.
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Rohypnol depresses central nervous system activity and brain function. This depressed CNS activity manifests as sedation, sleep, muscle relaxation, and reduced anxiety. When mixed with alcohol, another CNS depressant, blackout, stupor, respiratory depression, and death are more likely to occur.
Rohypnol is a tranquilizer about ten times more potent than Valium. The drug is available as a white or olive-green pill and is usually sold in the manufacturer’s bubble packaging. Users crush the pills and snort the powder, sprinkle it on marijuana and smoke it, dissolve it in a drink or inject it.
The drug can cause profound "anterograde amnesia;" that is, individuals may not remember events they experienced while under the effects of the drug. Reportedly, it has been used in sexual assaults.
"Roofies." Sounds like a cartoon character or a piece of candy. However, nothing could be further from the truth about Roofies, also known as the drug Rohypnol.
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.2
A 2-milligram dose can put a person into an excited, agitated and disinhibited state, leaving only amnesia. Rohypnol -- and similar chemicals favored by predators -- is a widely-reported problem across all of North America.