Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine drug used in the short-term treatment of insomnia. It is also used as a pre-medication prior to surgery or for inducing anesthesia. Rohypnol produces sedation and muscle relaxation and reduces anxiety, and its sedating effects are 7-10 times stronger than Valium. Rohypnol is widely-used Mexico, South America and Europe but it has not been approved for use in the United States. Rohypnol is tasteless, odorless and dissolves easily in carbonated beverages. This makes the drug easy to use on another person, which is why the drug has become known as the “date rape drug.” Once the drug is added to someone’s drink, it produces a dramatic high and an amnesia-like effect. The amnesia effects are so strong that one of the street names for Rohypnol is “the forget-me pill.” Rohypnol also has other street names associated with other characteristics of the drug.
Along with being known as “the forget-me pill,” Rohypnol is also known as “Mexican Valium.” This may be because Rohypnol use in Mexico is similar to Valium use in the United States. Both Valium and Rohypnol reduce anxiety and can promote sleep, but because Rohypnol is 7-10 times stronger than Valium it comes with a higher risk of abuse. Rohypnol is also readily available in Mexico by prescription while it remains illegal in the United States.
One of the more common street names for Rohypnol pills is “roofies.” Although there is no accurate, historical information as to how the term “roofies” came to be, it is possible that the name is simply a shortened version for the actual name of the drug. Many illegal drugs, or prescription drugs that are used illegally like Rohypnol, have shortened names that are not as easy to identify on the street. Using street names for drugs is also a way to hide drug use from those who are not familiar with the terminology. In any case, Rohypnol pills or “roofies” are very dangerous. The side effects can be dangerous and even deadly, especially when the drug is combined with alcohol. Rohypnol is also highly habit forming, so those who abuse the drug are at risk for drug addiction.
Finding Help for Rohypnol Abuse
Rohypnol is a powerful sedation and anti-anxiety drug that is not available legally in the United States. If you or a loved one struggles with Rohypnol abuse, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions and help you find the right treatment program for you unique situation.