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What is Rohypnol?

Rohypnol, also known as flunitrazepam, rapidly induces drowsiness, confusion, amnesia, decreased anxiety, and impaired judgment. It is commonly called the “date rape” drug. Rohypnol is not FDA approved for legal use in the United States.

Many Rohypnol statistics show just how harmful this drug can be.

Rohypnol comes in tablet form. It dissolves in liquids, which is a clear liquid it can turn the drink a shade of blue. It has many street names such as roofies, circles, Mexican Valium, roaches, wolfies, and the forget pill.

Understanding Rohypnol & Rohypnol Statistics

Rohypnol is brought to the United States through illegal means from other countries. It is one of the many drugs in the benzodiazepine class. Rohypnol is addictive and has significant adverse central nervous system effects. Even though it is similar to other benzodiazepines like Xanax, Rohypnol does not work the same.

It is estimated to be 7-10 times stronger than Valium. According to Rohypnol statistics, some users report feeling “high” after use. Some people will use it alone, combined with alcohol, or after using a stimulant, like cocaine.

It has been used and publicized as a “date rape” drug. When administered to an unknowing victim, the person cannot participate in decision making and can induce a suspended consciousness effect. They are unable to communicate or physically respond to unwanted sexual attacks or advances. The victim may not be able to remember enough to give accurate details, limiting the reporting of a crime.

Effects and Abuse of Rohypnol

Rohypnol statistics state that those who abuse Rohypnol will either swallow the tablets, dissolve it in a drink, snort it, or sprinkle it on top of marijuana and smoke it. Rohypnol will usually take effect within 15 minutes and lasts for 6-12 hours. Some users have reported feeling stimulation after Rohypnol use, even though it has a slowing effect on most people. It can also induce nausea, blackouts, and difficulty speaking.

The typical Rohypnol user is male below the age of 30. It is used most often on college campuses and in high school. It is popular at raves and nightclubs. It is relatively inexpensive at first, which can be appealing to this age group. So, how much do “roofies” cost? Reportedly, a dose costs $2 to $5, but depending on the location, it can go for as high as $20 per dose.

Mental Illness and Rohypnol Use

Rohypnol can be a part of a multi-substance abuse cycle. You may have started using cocaine to combat depression, then added on Rohypnol to ease coming down from cocaine, which induced depression. You may have tried alcohol to decrease anxiety and added on Rohypnol to make anti-effects last longer. Untreated mental health issues can make you more vulnerable to the effects of Rohypnol.


Rohypnol is less common than other addictive substances but has a specific market of use. In 2015, 2% of high school students had reported trying Rohypnol at least once in the previous 12 months. In 2019 that number decreased to approximately 1%.

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