- Over-the-Counter Drugs
- Prescription Drugs
Rohypnol is a DEA Schedule IV Drug
- Not approved for manufacture, sale, use or importation to the U.S.
- Has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S.
- Has a low potential for abuse.
- Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III.
What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol is a trade name for fluntitrazepam (a central nervous system depressant) and has not been approved for medical use in the U.S. by the FDA.
Common names are Date Rape Drug, Forget-Me-Pill, Roche, Roofies or Ruffles.
How is Rohypnol abused?
Rohypnol is swallowed, crushed and snorted or dissolved in liquid. It is also combined with alcohol to produce exaggerated intoxication or given to unsuspecting victims prior to sexual assault. Cocaine addicts may use Rohypnol to relieve the side effects associated with binges.
How does Rohypnol affect a person?
Rohypnol’s effects include sedation, muscle relaxation, a reduction in anxiety, drowsiness, euphoria, slurred speech, confusion, memory impairment and slowed breathing. Effects occur within 15 to 20 minutes and last four to six hours. Some residual effects can last up to 12 hours or more.
What are the health effects/risks of using Rohypnol?
Rohypnol, in high doses or in combination with alcohol, can cause severe sedation, unconsciousness, slow heart rate and respiration suppression resulting in death.
Rohypnol can be addictive if used repeatedly, even for a short period of time. Users develop a physical tolerance, eventually needing more of the drug to achieve the same effect.