Spotting Concealed Use of Rohypnol in Schools

Spotting Concealed Use of Rohypnol in Schools

Rohypnol is a central nervous system depressant used in many countries as a sedative or as an anesthetic prior to surgery. This drug is also used illegally to treat the depression that often accompanies abuse of stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine. It is illegal in the US, and it is commonly connected to sexual assault: people slip the drug to unsuspecting people to incapacitate them for sexual abuse. When Rohypnol is dissolved in a liquid, it is odorless and tasteless, so to prevent people from using it for sexual abuse, manufacturers have recently produced the tablet turns liquid blue when it dissolves. Unfortunately, the blue tint is not visible in dark-colored beverages. Rohypnol has become a popular party drug among high school and college students: according to the National Drug Intelligence Center, nearly 2 percent of high school students have used this drug in the past year.

Understanding the signs of Rohypnol abuse can help you identify drug abuse in a teen or high school students. It is a popular party drug, but abusing it can lead to addiction, because of its strong addictive nature. People who abuse Rohypnol may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nightmares
  • Confusion
  • Tremors
  • Aggression
  • Excitability

If your students or children demonstrate any of these symptoms and you suspect Rohypnol is involved, then it is time to get help.

Rohypnol is abused by teens and college students in several ways. Student crush or swallow the tablet whole, or they dissolve the tablets in a liquid and inject the solution. The effects of the drug are often felt within 15 to 20 minutes of injecting the substance, and the side effects of drug abuse may last for up to 12 hours. Paying attention to the language of your students or teens may help you identify if they are abusing this powerful drug. Some of the street terms used to describe Rohypnol include the following examples:

  • Circles
  • Forget-me-pills
  • La rocha
  • Lunch money drug
  • Mexican valium
  • Pingus
  • R-2
  • Roofies
  • Ropies
  • Wolfies

If you hear your students or teens using these terms, then they might be trying to conceal their Rohypnol abuse. Pay attention to their behavior and language to be alert about drug use, and to get them the help they need to get and stay clean.

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