Rohypnol has
recently gained
a reputation as
the “date rape”
drug. Rohypnol
is also known as
roofies, the forget
pill, or rope. The
drug creates a
sleepy, relaxed
and drunk feeling
that lasts 2 – 8
hours. “Roofies”
are often used in
combination with
alcohol and other
drugs. When used in
combination with
alcohol “roofies” produce
disinhibition and amnesia.
Rohypnol has been misused;
as a result, the drug cannot be
purchased legally in Canada or United States.
How Can You Protect Yourself From Rohypnol?
Obviously, education is the most important tool to protecting
yourself or someone you know from rohypnol.


Similar to Valium, but 10x stronger


Known to cause temporary amnesia, muscle relaxation, sleep, and to impairmotor skills



Intensifies the effects of alcohol and other drugs

When rohypnol is added to alcohol it should leave a bitter taste, should turn a light colored drink blue and should leave small chunky pieces in your drink. Moreover, a typical
rohypnol victim will:
  • Feel dizzy and disorientated about 10 minutes after ingesting the drug.
  • The victim may experience difficulty speaking and moving and then pass out.
  • A rohypnol victim should not be left alone. A good friend should stay with the victim keeping a caring eye on him or her.



The drug can be detected up to 3 days after ingestion. The most important way to protect yourself is by following this basic rule: Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know, and never leave your drink unattended.