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A-Z of Drugs

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Rohypnol

Also known as:

'Date rape', roofies, rophies, rope, R2, roach, Mexican Valium

Rohypnol and the law

Rohypnol is a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, although it is not illegal to possess the drug if it has been obtained through prescription.

What is rohypnol?

Rohypnol is a form of tranquilliser and is legitimate in the short-term treatment of sleep disorders.

What does it look like?

Rohypnol comes in the form of a pill. Reformulated pills turn blue when added to liquids. However, the old pills, with no colour, are still available.

How is it used?

Rohypnol can be ingested orally, snorted, or injected

What are the effects?

Rohypnol induces sedative-hypnotic effects such as amnesia and muscle relaxation.  

When do the effects start and how long do they last?

The effects of Rohypnol begin within 15 to 20 minutes of administration and, depending on the amount, may persist for more than 12 hours.

What are the risks?

People become extremely vulneravble to sexual exploitation if they have used rohypnol knowingly or unknowingly.   It is used in cases of so called 'date rape' as women can pass out and experience short term memory loss.   Companies are aware of this risk and have produced products which can discreetly test for rohypnol in drinks.

Dependence can develop and once this has happened users will experience withdrawal symptoms such as muscle pain, headaches, tension, restlessness, confusion, irritability and extreme anxiety.   They can also experience loss of identity, delirium, hallucinations, convulsions and cardiovascular collapse may occur.   After ceasing the use of rohypnol withdrawal seizures can occur up to a week after.

Is it addictive?

Yes.   Chronic use of Rohypnol can result in physical dependence.

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