Rohypnol

Rohypnol, with generic name flunitrazepam, is a benzodiazepine similar in its chemical composition to other sedatives such as Valium and Xanax, but its effects are nearly 7 to 10 times stronger than Valium. Due to the great potential of abuse, rohypnol is not available for medical use inside the United States and has been classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act of 1984. However, it is available in neighboring countries like Mexico as well as in Colombia and Europe where it is used legally for the treatment of insomnia and as a pre-anesthetic for surgeries.

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Rohypnol Abuse

Rohypnol abuse is used as a general recreational drug and more commonly as a “date rape drug” where an unsuspecting victim is given Rohypnol by mixing it in their drink. Since Rohypnol can cause strong amnesia, the victim does not remember anything and hence, the attacker can take advantage sexually or even cause physical harm. Some formulations of rohypnol are now available as a light green caplet with a blue core. This helps a person recognize the date rape drug when mixed with a clear liquid as the drink will change its color to light blue. However, when mixed in a dark colored drink such as Coke, rohypnol will still not be recognizable.

Rohypnol

Date Rape Drug

Apart being abused as a date rape drug, rohypnol is abused for recreational purposes as well especially by high school and college students and teens attending ‘rave parties’ or nightclubs. It is also used sometimes combined with heroin or cocaine to increase their level of intoxication and achieve a more intense “high.” Ages 13 to 30 are the most frequent abusers of rohypnol. It is usually taken orally or mixed with alcohol. The tablets can also be crushed and snorted or mixed with a liquid and injected directly into the body. The ill effects of rohypnol abuse include drowsiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, uncontrolled muscle movement, confusion, slurred speech, stomach problems and difficulty breathing. Long term drug abuse and dependence can result in serious physical and psychological problems.

Rohypnol Abuse

Rohypnol Street Names in [Dynmamic3]

The following names are commonly used for rohypnol:

  • Circles: One of the many street slangs used for rohypnol.
  • Date Rape Drug: A common use of rohypnol is to induce a state of coma in the victim by mixing rohypnol in their drink, which leaves them in a sedated state followed by sexual assault.
  • Forget-Me Pill or Forget Pill: A slang term that refers to the use of rohypnol as a means of relaxation since it can help a person forget about his present for a short time.
  • La Rocha: Rohypnol generic flunitrazepam was first manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Roche named after its founder Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche. Thus, the slang La Rocha started being used.
  • Lunch Money: A street slang used by rohypnol abusers. It refers to the fact that the drug is cheap to obtain, and a pill can cost as low as $1-$2 which is ‘Lunch Money’ for most people.
  • Mexican Valium: Since rohypnol is banned in the U.S but is sold legally in Mexico from where it is smuggled into the U.S, it is called Mexican Valium by many due to its effects being similar to Valium.
  • Mind Eraser: Rohypnol can make people forget about their pains and worries even though for a short time. It is therefore called Mind Eraser as slang.
  • Pingus: One of the many street slangs used for the date rape drug rohypnol.
  • Roach: A twisted spelling of the word Roche, which is the name of the first manufacturer of the sedative rohypnol. It is used commonly as a street slang and on the internet.
  • Roachies: Another bastardized version of Roche, the original maker of rohypnol back in 1970.
  • Roapies: A street slang for Rohypnol derived from the word ‘Roche’, which is also the name of the drug company that made the first version of rohypnol generic.
  • Rochas Dos: A Portuguese word used a slang for rohypnol.
  • Roofies: Probably the most commonly used street and internet slang for rohypnol. The exact etymology is hard to know but one can imagine it being derived from the name of the original rohypnol manufacturer Roche.
  • Row-Shay: A slang used for rohypnol probably derived from Roche, the original founder of Rohypnol generic.
  • Ruffies: Just like Roofies, this is another similar sounding slang term used for rohypnol.
  • Trip-and-Fall: The use of rohypnol gives the user a trip or “high” followed by a “low” or fall. Hence the slang term Trip-and-Fall.
  • Wolfies: A slang term for rohypnol that sounds similar to Roofies.
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