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Group: Pain Depressant and Relaxant
Flunitrazepam is marketed by Roche under the trade name Rohypnols. It is a powerful hypnotic drug that is a benzodiazepine derivative. It has powerful hypnotic, sedative, anxiolytic, and skeletal muscle relaxant properties.
Flunitrazepam is commonly prescribed for the treatment of insomnia. Insomnia can be described as a difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakening, early awakenings or a combination of both. Flunitrazepam is a short-intermediate acting benzodiazepine and is sometimes used in patients who have difficulty in maintaining sleep. Intermediate half life benzodiazepines are also useful for patients with difficulty in maintaining sleep eg loprazolam, lormetazepam, temazepam and may be preferable to long half life benzodiazepines which typically cause next day sedation and impairments. Hypnotics should only be used on a short term basis or in those with chronic insomnia on an occasional basis.
The drug is sometimes used as a date rape drug (commonly referred to in street slang as a "roofie").
Alternative Description Rohypnols®:Rohypnols
(roofies, 'date-rape' drug)
Rohypnols is a prescription-only sedative that has been used in many 'date rapes' in the US, with cases now being reported in Europe and Australia.
Rohypnol's medical use is as a pre-operation anaesthetic or strong sleeping pill, but stronger doses can bring on amnesia. It takes effect very quickly - sometimes as quick as 10 minutes after being taken - and reaches its peak eight hours later when it can render a person totally unconscious. It's about ten times stronger than Valium.
Coming in the form of a tasteless and odourless pill which is easily ground down into powder, Rohypnols has gained notoriety as the 'date rape' drug, after victims have been incapacitated and sexually assaulted after having their drinks spiked. All traces of the drug disappear after 24 hours making prosecution difficult. Please note that Rohypnols is not the only drug associated with date rape and there have been cases linked to GHB and other sedative drugs.
Rohypnols has also been used in combination with other drugs to enhance the effects of low grade heroin, to mellow the buzz from crack and heroin, and to soften comedowns.
The drug has also acquired a reputation as a party drug, sometimes dubbed the 'love drug'. This is due to its claimed aphrodisiac qualities and because some users say that it gets you more drunk and keeps you that way longer.
It is fairly rare in the UK (although rising), but in the US it has a street price of around $1.5-4 per tablet.
Side Effects Rohypnols®: The most worrying side effect of Rohypnols is that it can easily be administered without the victims knowledge and lengthy sexual assaults can take place with the victim having no memory of events afterwards. In many cases, victims are even unaware that assaults have taken place until their symptoms are recognised or their memory returns. It's a very nasty drug.
Be very wary of accepting opened drinks from strangers or people you don't trust, even if they are only soft drinks. If you feel odd, nauseous or drunk after only a couple of drinks, leave immediately and go to a place of safety. If you are alone or with a stranger, call friends to tell them where you are and/or go to the landlord or manager and explain your situation. See: drug assisted sexual assault - advice on prevention.
Health risks: Used on its own, Rohypnols is unlikely to be fatal, but when combined with other drugs such as alcohol and cannabis the risk increases greatly - as the drug suppresses the central nervous and respiratory systems, there's a chance that you could stop breathing. Other side effects include hallucinations, vertigo, skin rashes, stomach problems and changes in libido.
Detection periods: Rohypnols passes out of the system in 24 hours.
THE LAW: In the UK Rohypnols is only available by private prescription (not NHS) and illicit possession would most likely come under The Medicines Act (we haven't confirmed this yet). In the US recent legislation has made it a Class A drug.
HAVE YOU BEEN A VICTIM?: If you think you have been drugged and raped, check out our legal advice page.
Alternative Description Rohypnols®:
Rohypnols 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.
Rohypnols has been used to commit sexual assaults because it renders the victim incapable of resisting, giving it the reputation of a "date-rape" drug.
Rohypnols users often describe its effects as "paralyzing." The effects start twenty to thirty minutes after taking the drug, peak within two hours and may persist for eight or even twelve hours. A person can be so incapacitated (made unable to act) they collapse. They lie on the floor, eyes open, able to observe events but completely unable to move. Afterwards, memory is impaired and they cannot recall any of what happened.
The person experiences loss of muscle control, confusion, drowsiness and amnesia.
Rohypnols is sold in Europe and Latin America as a sleeping pill, but it is illegal in the United States.
Alternative Description Rohypnols®:
Effects of Rohypnols
Rohypnols is a potent sedative. The physical effects of the drug may be noticeable within twenty to thirty minutes after ingestion. The effects may last for many hours.
Rohypnols may cause drowsiness, confusion, impaired motor skills, dizziness, disorientation, disinhibition, impaired judgment, and reduced levels of consciousness. You may look and act like someone who is drunk. Your speech may be slurred, and you may have difficulty standing or walking. Or, you may be rendered completely unconscious.
It is very dangerous to mix Rohypnols with alcohol or other drugs. The combination can produce extremely low blood pressure, respiratory depression, difficulty breathing,.
One of the most disturbing effects of Rohypnols is that it can cause complete or partial "anterograde" amnesia (absence of memory for the events that occur after it is ingested). This means that you may not be able to remember what was done to you while you were under the influence of the drug, which may have been for a significant period of time. This "amnestic" effect is especially likely when Rohypnols is ingested with alcohol.
Alternative Description Rohypnols®:
What are the street names/slang terms?
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What is Rohypnols?
Rohypnols is the brand name for a drug called Flunitrazepam, which is a powerful sedative that depresses the central nervous system. Rohypnols is not legally available for prescription in the United States, but is legal in 60 countries worldwide for treatment of insomnia.
What does it look like?
A small white tablet with no taste or odor when dissolved in a drink.
How is it used?
Rohypnols 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 are its short-term effects?
The drug creates a sleepy, relaxed, and drunk feeling that lasts 2 to 8 hours. Other effects may include blackouts, with a compete loss of memory, dizziness, respiratory depression and disorientation, nausea, difficulty with motor movements and speaking.
What are its long-term effects?
Rohypnols can produce physical and psychological dependence.
What is its federal classification?
Alternative Description Rohypnols®:
Flunitrazepam, trade name Rohypnol, is a central nervous system depressant in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are sedative-hypnotics used to treat anxiety, insomnia and sleep disorders, and seizure disorders; they are also used as skeletal-muscle relaxants. 1 (Sedative-hypnotics are dose-dependent drugs; lower doses promote sedation and relaxation, higher doses promote sleep.2) Other benzodiazepines include alpranzolam (Xanax), bromazepam chlordiazepoxide (Librium), lorazepam (Atavan), and diazepam (Valium), all of which are prescribed in the United States.3 Rohypnol, however, is ten times more potent than Valium, and while commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders in Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere, it was never approved for use or sale in the United States.4 Rohypnols pills are smuggled into the United States, often via international mail, and sold on the street in the manufacturers blister packaging (similar to over-the-counter cold medicine or birth control pill packaging). The round white tablets contain one or two milligrams of flunitrazepam. They are odorless, tasteless, and dissolve undetected in liquid.5,6 In response to reports implicating Rohypnols in drug-facilitated sexual assaults, the manufacturer reformulated the tablets. They now appear as oblong green tablets that include a dye that turns blue when dissolved in liquid, which makes the drug more easily detected in some drinks.7 The original white tablets are still available, however.8
Though not approved for use in the United States, Rohypnols (flunitrazepam) is currently scheduled with other benzodiazepines as a Schedule IV controlled substance.9 However, under the Drug Induced Rape Prevention Act, federal penalties for trafficking Rohypnols are the same as those for Schedule I, II, and III substances, depending on quantity.10
Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche first described and developed benzodiazepines in the 1950s. Roche modified the basic benzodiazepine structure and introduced a number of tranquilizers 1960s and 1970s, including Rohypnols in 1975.11 Though it is the most widely prescribed sedative-hypnotic in Western Europe and is legal in many countries, Rohypnols is not approved for manufacture or sale in the United States.12,13 Reports of Rohypnols misuse in Europe surfaced in the 1970s, and in 1995 the United Nations reclassified it from a Schedule IV to a Schedule III drug, which requires more thorough record keeping of its legal distribution than was previously in place.14 (Schedule IV substances have a lower potential for abuse relative to Schedule III substances.) In the early 1990s, Rohypnols emerged as a drug of abuse and misuse in the United States, and some states have reclassified it as a Schedule I substance at the state level; the DEA is also reviewing the possibility of reclassification.15Back to Top
Methods of Use
Rohypnols tablets come in doses of one or two milligrams and users may take one or more tablets at a time.16 The most common route of administration is oral. Users swallow or chew the tablets, or allow them to dissolve under the tongue.17 They also crush pills and snort the powder to feel the effects more quickly;18 the powder can also be sprinkled on marijuana and smoked or dissolved and injected.19 Users feel the effects 15 to 20 minutes after ingestion, and they may last for twelve or more hours.20
Users may take Rohypnols with other drugs, including marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, and alcohol to enhance the effects of these drugs.21, 22 There are reports that heroin users use Rohypnols to enhance the effects of low-quality heroin or to relieve withdrawal symptoms. Similarly, cocaine users take Rohypnols to soften the negative effects of coming down from a binge.23
Effects of Rohypnols
Rohypnols depresses central nervous system activity and brain function. This depressed CNS activity manifests as sedation, sleep, muscle relaxation, and reduced anxiety.24 When mixed with alcohol, another CNS depressant, blackout, stupor, respiratory depression, and death are more likely to occur.25
- Relaxed feeling similar to alcohol intoxication26
- Decreased blood pressure
- Muscle relaxation
- Memory impairment
- Disinhibition, or freedom from psychological and social restraints on behavior
- Some users experience the paradoxical effect of excitability or aggressive behavior28
- Anterograde amnesia - events that occurred while intoxicated are forgotten29