What Makes Roofies a Date Rape Drug?

March 8, 2017

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Date-Rape Drug

A date-rape drug is any substance that is used for incapacitating a person for the particular reason of performing a sexual assault.   These drugs are also known as predator drugs.  Drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) has been on the rise in the last few years as there are more drugs available that produce these incapacitating effects.

Rohypnol is only one of the drugs used as a date-rape drug.  Known on the streets as “roofies,” this drug is the most commonly used drug in DFSA cases.  It is important to note that this drug is not available legally in the US.  However is available in other countries and used medically.  It is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine with properties similar to Valium (Diazepam) that is used to treat insomnia.  It is also used as pre-medication for surgical procedures, and for inducing anesthesia.

Although Rohypnol induces sedation, muscle relaxation, prevention of convulsions, and anxiety reduction, its effects are seven to ten times more potent than the consequences of Valium.  These effects appear within 15 to 20 minutes after ingestion and can last up to four to six hours.

How a Date-Rape Drug is Administered Without Detection

Most of the date-rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Ketamine, and GHB are surreptitiously mixed in the unsuspecting victims drink.  Once ingested, the drug causes temporary amnesia, so the person is not able to recall the events that happened while they were under the influence.  Unfortunately, because of the victim’s amnesia, the perpetrator goes unpunished.

Previously marketed in white tablet form, Rohypnol manufacturers changed the formula in an attempt to help people identify that their drink has been tampered with.  The new formula consists of a light green caplet form with a blue core.  If the product is dissolved in clear liquids, the color of the liquid turns blue.  However, this colorizing effect doesn’t work in darker colored liquids.

Roofie Abuse is Often Voluntary

Other uses of “roofies” (Rohypnol) are voluntary. For instance, many people crush the tablets and snort the powder.  Also, the powder can be dissolved for injecting intravenously.  Some abusers of roofies prefer to dissolve it in alcohol for an enhanced high.

Primary users of roofies are young males between the ages of 13 and 30.  However, high school and college students, gang members, heroin and cocaine users, and rave party attendees are also among the frequent users of roofies.  In these instances, roofies are used to enhance the high of heroin, alcohol, or cocaine.

Effects of Roofies Abuse

Adverse effects of Rohypnol abuse include slurred speech, lack of coordination, confusion, dizziness, poor motor control, drowsiness, and digestive problems.  High doses of the drug can cause respiratory problems.

Exposure to Rohypnol can only be detected through urine analysis within 72 hours of ingestion.

As a Schedule IV drug, Rohypnol is considered to have a low abuse potential.  However, repeated use can lead to psychological or physical dependence.

Distribution of Rohypnol is punishable according to the standards established for Schedule I substances such as marijuana, MDMA, and heroin.

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