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What Is Rohypnol?

What Is Rohypnol?

Rohypnol (roe-HIP-nol) is sold in some countries as a sleeping pill, but is illegal in the United States. Because it can cause extreme drowsiness (or "blackouts"), it is often used in date rapes.

What Else Is Rohypnol Called?

roofies, roach, forget-me pill, date rape drug, R-2, rope, circles, wolfies

How Is Rohypnol Used?

This drug is swallowed, sometimes with alcohol or other drugs. Sometimes it's crushed and snorted, dissolved and injected, or sprinkled on marijuana and smoked.

What Does Does Rohypnol  Do?

Rohypnol is well known for its association with date rape. Many people 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 someone 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.

Where Can I Find Help?

If you or someone you know is fighting drug addiction, recovery is possible. Talk to your health care provider or check your state or local health department websites.

You also can get more information and support by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or online at:

Reviewed by: KidsHealth Medical Experts
Date Reviewed: Mar 1, 2023

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