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To the eye they look as innocent as aspirin but this drug has all the power of a knock-out punch This is Rohypnol or roofie The victims dont even know what happened to them if anything happened to them Its got to be terrifying to wake up and not know what youve been doing for the last eight hours or so Rohypnol which is illegal in this country is a sedative said to be ten times the strength of Valium It doesnt have a taste or odor when dissolved in drinks And for its victims it can cause frightening effects The drug may be new to police but one young man -- who we agreed not to identify -- says for some young people rohypnol has become the drug of choice The DEA is currently trying to get it re-classified as a drug with no medical purpose like heroin or LSD Rohypnol is currently in the same class of drugs as marijuana Rohypnol is a brand name for flunitrazepam a benzodiazepine a very potent tranquilizer similar in nature to Valium diazepam but many times stronger The drug produces a sedative effect amnesia muscle relaxation and a slowing of psychomotor responses Sedation occurs 20-30 minutes after administration and lasts for several hours The drug is often distributed on the street in its original bubble packaging which adds an air of legitimacy and makes it appear to be legal The drug is not commonly used by physicians in the United States and is not even listed in the commonly used Physicians Desk Reference Illicit use of Rohypnol was originally reported in Europe in the late 1970s and worldwide use of it has continually increased since then According to police sources in both Florida and Texas roofies were first seen in the United States in the early 1990s they quickly gained acceptance and use by both high school and college students According to
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