|What It Is:||
Rohypnol is a prescription antianxiety medication that is 10 times more powerful than Valium. Because it can cause extreme drowsiness (or "blackouts"), it is often used in date rapes.
roofies, roach, forget-me pill, date rape drug
|How It's Used:||
This drug is swallowed, sometimes with alcohol or other drugs.
|What It Does:||
Rohypnol has received a lot of attention because of its association with date rape. Many teen girls and women report having been raped after having rohypnol slipped into their drinks. The drug also causes "anterograde amnesia." This means it's hard to remember what happened while on the drug. Because of this, it can be hard to give important details if a young woman wants to report the rape.
Rohypnol can cause a drop in blood pressure, as well as cause memory loss, drowsiness, dizziness, and an upset stomach. Though it's part of the depressant family of drugs, it causes some people to be overly excited or aggressive.
Users can become physically addicted to rohypnol, so it can cause extreme withdrawal symptoms when users stop.
Reviewed by: Yamini Durani, MD
Date reviewed: January 2012
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