What is Rohypnol?

Rohypnol is the brand name for a drug called Flunitrazepam, which is a powerful sedative that depresses the central nervous system. Rohypnol is not legally available for prescription in the United States, but is legal in 60 countries worldwide for treatment of insomnia.

What are the street names/slang terms for Rohypnol?

Date rape drug, La roche, R2, Rib, Roach, Roofenol, Roofies, Rope, Rophies, Ruffies, The forget pill.

What does it look like?

A small white tablet with no taste or odor when dissolved in a drink.

How is it used?

Rohypnol is swallowed as a pill, dissolved in a drink, or snorted. Roofies are frequently used in combination with alcohol and other drugs. They are sometimes taken to enhance a heroin high, or to mellow or ease the experience of coming down from a cocaine or crack high. Used with alcohol, roofies produce disinhibition and amnesia.

What are its short-term effects?

The drug creates a sleepy, relaxed, and drunk feeling that lasts 2 to 8 hours. Other effects may include blackouts, with a compete loss of memory, dizziness and disorientation, nausea, difficulty with motor movements and speaking.

What are its long-term effects?

Rohypnol can produce physical and psychological dependence.

What is its federal classification?

Schedule I


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:

Rohypnol Fact Sheet (PDF)