Guest Author - Jeanette Stingley
The term date rape drug refers to certain drugs that are used in a sexual assault. Sexual assault is when a person does not consent to sexual activity. It can include inappropriate touching, vaginal penetration, sexual intercourse, rape, and attempted rape. This class of drugs can make a person feel helpless, unable to speak up to refuse sex, or make you not remember the sexual activities that took place. In this article, we will look at Rohypnol or flunitrazepam, also know as roofies, rophies, the forget pill la rocha, roofenol, roche, R2, mexican valium, rib, and rope.
Rohypnol comes in pill for and it dissolves quickly in liquids. This is on reason why this type of drug is so popular to use. It is a sedative ten times more powerful than Valium. The newer manufactured pills turn blue when added to a liquid. The older ones without color are still available though. You usually wont be able to tell it is in your drink or food because of the no color and no smell. The affects happen pretty quickly but the length of time it lasts varies on the form and method it is injested. Alcohol of course can worsen the effect and can cause more long term health problems. Rohypnol is illegal to have in the United States. It is prescribed in Europe and Mexico for sleep problems and an anesthetic.
Rohypnol can cause the following symptoms:
can't remember what happened while drugged
lower blood pressure
muscle relaxation or loss of muscle control
difficulty with motor movements
loss of consciousness
You can prevent becoming a victim by doing the following:
Don't accept drinks from other people.
Open containers yourself.
Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.
Don't share drinks.
Don't drink from punch bowls or other large, common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.
Don't drink anything that tastes or smells strange. Sometimes, GHB tastes salty.
Have a non-drinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.
If you think that you have been drugged and raped:
Go to the police station or hospital right away.
Get a urine (pee) test as soon as possible. The drugs leave your system quickly. Rohypnol stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after taking it. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours.
Don't urinate before getting help.
Don't douche, bathe, or change clothes before getting help. These things may give evidence of the rape.
You also can call a crisis center or a hotline to talk with a counselor. One national hotline is the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. Feelings of shame, guilt, fear and shock are normal. It is important to get counseling from a trusted professional.