Street names: ”Roofies, Roche, Rosshies, Mexican valium, Forget-me pill”


Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam, a drug that acts as a sedative, muscle relaxant, hypnotic, and antidepressant. Rohypnol is a tranquilizer about ten times more potent than Valium.

How Is Rohypnol Used?

Rohypnol can be taken as a pill. Users crush the pills and snort the powder, sprinkle it on marijuana and smoke it, dissolve it in a drink or inject it.


Why Do People Use Rohypnol?

As a recreational drug, Rohypnol (roofies) may be seen at nightclubs, parties, and raves. Rohypnol has been used to commit sexual assaults because it renders the victim incapable of resisting, giving it the reputation of a “date-rape” drug. The drug has been used in connection with rape and robbery to incapacitate the victim and prevent him or her from recalling the crime.


What Are the Effects of Rohypnol Use?

The effects of Rohypnol use may be felt within 15 to 20 minutes of administration. The drug user will appear wobbly and delirious. The brain will start thinking of the most bizarre things to do and say. Rohypnol is the easiest drug to detect outwardly as the users speech and behaviour will be annoyingly abnormal. Their speech will be repetitive and audibly slurred. They will engage in nonsensical, inconclusive blabber and their behaviour will be irksomely sporadic. In short they will behave stupidly.

Effects may last for over 12 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.

Symptoms associated with use of Rohypnol include drowsiness, lowered blood pressure, muscle relaxation, headache, visual disturbances, dizziness, slurred speech, poor reaction time, confusion, memory impairment, upset stomach, retention of urine, tremors, and nightmares.

One side effect associated with Rohypnol use is retroactive amnesia, where the person who took the drug can’t remember events that occurred while under the influence of the drug. Although Rohypnol is a depressant, it may produce excitability, talkativeness, or aggressive behavior. Overdose of Rohypnol produces sedation, impaired speech and balance, respiratory depression, and potentially coma or death.

Withdrawal symptoms: 
Rohypnol is both physically and psychologically dependent. Intense withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, convulsions, epileptic fits and substance reduced psychosis can result when an addict’s body is denied the drug. This can or will happen unexpectedly and result in a stroke, heart attack or death; if medical assistance is not received in time.

Self help

How to avoid being a victim of the ‘’date rape pill’’

  • Do not accept open drinks at parties, particularly from strangers.
  • If you are drinking from a bottle, open it yourself.
  • If you ask someone to watch your drink, make sure it is someone you trust.
  • Be especially careful of mixed drinks, because they do not come in sealed containers.

Call for help

If you suspect you ingested a spiked drink call

1. Cell phone emergency – 112

2. Ambulance response – 10177

MOBIEG Helpline

If you have been a victim of a date rape, you can get help by chatting to an online facilitator on our LIVE CHAT. You may stay anonymous and it is a free service.

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