The Rohypnol Ruse

Several months ago, a doctor prescribed a drug to me, because I was suffering from insomnia. As is customary for me, I looked up the drug on the internet when I got home, to make sure of what it was. I learned the drug was Rohypnol (FM2 or flunitrazepam). I also learned that the drug is an illegal club drug in America, going by many street names (i.e., “roofies,” “roachies,” “rophies,” “ruffies,” “roofenol,” “roche,” “La Rocha,” “rope,” and “the forget pill.”).

The drug is reported to have the effects of a sleep inducer, an inhibition reducer, and an amnesia generator all rolled up into one little pill. I read that guys slip the pills into girls’ drinks at bars and clubs. Then the guys rape the drugged girls. I was unable to find any articles of this actually happening but didn’t dispute that it had gone on as there are a lot of lunatics out there. Why someone would prey upon an unconscious woman is beyond me. I mean, I always thought rape was a violent crime of power and control. What “power and control” does a crazed rapist have over an unconscious victim?

Anyway, I was so frightened by what I read about Rohypnol that I didn’t take the drug. Instead, I endured insomnia. Luckily, it was a temporary condition, and it eventually went away without the aid of medication. I kept the Rohypnol, though. I planned on using it for a future flight to America, to try and sleep on the plane. That way, I could get a jump on jet lag, inducing sleep according to America’s time while en route from here to there.

Last night, I decided to test a Rohypnol, because I had a holiday today and I didn’t know how long the effects of the drug would last. My trip to America is approaching, too. So, I made a plan, to see if the report that amnesia will occur is accurate. What I did was wrote a little note to myself on my computer, saying the time I took the pill, which was at 9:55 p.m.

Then, I used my MP3 recorder to record myself talking. I talked about everything under the sun. I had read that the drug takes effect within thirty minutes. So, I just kept talking about things. I talked about my feelings about the past, the present, and the future. Being a teacher, I have learned how to lecture for an hour at a time, but this was different. I was really just talking to myself, as the recorder captured my voice. I was afraid that the drug might hit me so hard that I would pass out quickly, so I continued my recording while sitting in bed. I figured that if I passed out, I would at least do it in bed.

One hour passed and I felt no different. Then, another hour passed, and I still didn’t feel any different. Having run out of interesting things to record, I went and surfed the net a bit, catching up on the world news events. This took me about another hour. After that, I went back into the bedroom and listened to Howard Stern on my MP3 player. A little after an hour into his show, I got tired. It wasn’t the kind of tired I feel when I’ve taken a sleeping pill. It was a “it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, and this damn pill didn’t do a thing!” kind of tired. So, I turned off the player and went to bed. I slept in until 10:00 a.m.

I have concluded that Rohypnol is bogus, no more effective for anything than a sugar pill. What gets me is that there is this big story about the drug being used as a tool for rapists. That may be true, but it doesn’t have the effect those rapists think it will, which is a dangerous thing if you think about it. First, if someone wants to use this drug for the aforementioned perverted uses, then s/he is more apt to follow through with his/her demented plans because s/he believes this drug will have his/her desired results. Second, when s/he sees that the drug didn’t work as s/he intended it to, it will make him/her become angry and possibly resort to doing something violent, whereas without the promise of this drug there would have been no devious plans in the first place.

So, why is Rohypnol being touted as having those side effects? I don’t know. But, I do know that government officials who are responsible for getting the information about medications out to the public are far from infallible. My experience with the government’s inaccuracy regarding child support payments is enough to show me they haven’t got a clue. I know, they are two different issues. However, when you’re talking about bureaucracy, they aren’t. So, how Rohypnol got the misinformation that it has the aforementioned side effects is anyone’s guess. But, I have read that people believe it and, at least in America, it is a club drug selling for a lot of money. I think if you follow the money, you’ll find the answer as to where Rohypnol got its false side effects from, and why Rohypnol is as popular as it is.

2 comments

  1. I suggest that you might have receved a fake version (sugar pill is you are lucky) of the drug. Have one tested while in the U.S. next time. Also it is reported that grapefruit juice ingested around the same time as taking the pill will counter it’s effects …. there certainly are real cases of women being raped while under this drug’s effects, perhaps you should look harder on the net before dismissing the experience of many others. In Taiwan there is a lot of stuff shipped over from the mainland which is fake and as you said, there are a lot of crazies in the world, so probably a hot market for such fake pills …. i guess ….

  2. The medication I was given was green in color, something La Roche pharmaceuticals did several years ago when the reports came out that it was being used as a rape drug. Before that time, the drug was white in color and dissolved easily in liquid. After the change, La Roche made it so that the liquid the drug is put in turns blue and the pill (even in crushed form) take a long time to dissolve, tending to float in small chunks on top. So, the easily-dissolved form of the drug is probably the fake one, as opposed to the ones I got. I guess they figured out a way to manufacture it themselves, without the added dye and stronger resistance to dissolving quickly.

    I’m not saying that the drug doesn’t have a sedimentary effect on someone. I’m sure that it can relax an agitated person. But, I don’t feel it is as strong as the reports I have read about it. In fact, I have seen hundreds of reports about the drug’s effect on the internet. Almost all of those reports are duplicate text, meaning websites copied from one another. (It happens all the time for lazy researchers.)

    I took your advice and made a more-detailed search for actual rape cases that involved the claimed usage of Rohypnol. As suspected, there have been several. However, I was unable to find even one that ended up in a conviction based on the usage of the drug to perpetuate the crime. And, ALL of the cases came from the United States. Not one of them was from the 88 other countries where Rohypnol is legal.

    I searched more into this issue, but I couldn’t find one case where the explanation of alcohol and/or other drug usage could have been the cause of the loss of inhibitions by the victim, rather than Rohypnol usage. Here is a typical case, coming from a Mr. Bob Nichols, a prosecutor in Ft Lauderdale, dated November 28, 1996, on this webpage:

    A woman reports that while drinking with a stranger in a bar, she suddenly became disoriented, and vaguely recalls leaving the bar with the man. Several witnesses testified that the woman staggered out with her arm around the man. She next recalls being in her house, with the man as he tries to remove her clothing. Her next memory is waking up naked in her own bed, with the sensation of having had recent sexual intercourse. She steadfastly maintains that she was raped, even though she never screamed, she never struggled with her assailant, and she showed no signs of physical injury. In fact, the woman cannot even recall telling the man “no”. Moreover, the woman reported feeling very “hung over” while at the police station and had a very poor recollection of the facts.

    Obviously, these facts would seem to support a defense of “consensual sex”. The defense would surely claim that the victim got drunk in the bar, voluntarily left with his/her client, had consensual, albeit drunken, sexual intercourse, and then was too hung over to accurately recount the events of that evening.

    I agree with the second part of that quote. There is nothing in that case which couldn’t be explained away by the victim using alcohol and/or other drugs. Rohypnol simply was used as a copout. It could have been the victim’s excuse for drinking too much and/or using other illegal drugs and finding herself in a compromising position. Please make totally certain that you understand I am not condoning the acts of the perpetrator by any means. He should be punished by the full extent of the law because he took advantage of an incapacitated woman (i.e., raped her). However, I am not convinced that Rohypnol was a contributing factor, even IF it was given to her in secret by the scumbag that took advantage of her incapacited state.

    Having said that, I believe that if people don’t put themselves in those situations in the first place, they lessen their chances of getting abused. Heavy drinking, in and of itself, can result in someone having sex with a person they normally wouldn’t have had, had they been sober. Throw in the usage of mind-altering drugs and the inhibitions are lowered even more, down to the point of non-existent at times. The solution is to just avoid alcohol and drugs altogether. That won’t ensure you won’t get raped, of course. There are individuals who have no concern over a person’s well-being and will only think about their animalistic desires, regardless of the mental condition of their would-be victims. Still, why play with fire and put yourself in those situations where the monsters are waiting for their next victim?

    I know I sound ultra-conservative here, but I’ve been to my fair share of clubs and raves. I am not totally naive. I may be getting old, but I know human nature. Young people tend to push the boundaries, flirting with danger because it gives them a thrill they’ve never had before. Unfortunately, they sometimes don’t know when to stop, as is the case when a young woman drinks too much alcohol and/or takes a lot of drugs. Then, that same girl can wake up the next morning, with a big hangover, wondering just what had happened the night before. Because she has never been in that situation, losing control of herself, she may blame it on something she’s heard about or read. That’s where Rohypnol come in. That’s her excuse for over-indulgence at the club the night before. In a case like that, I feel that the man should be tried for rape simply because he took advantage of an incapacitated woman. That should not be tolerated. Rohypnol should not be added to the equation. In fact, I think it may be just another ply for the prosecutor to sway the jury against the alleged perpetrator. Most of us look for an easier way to do our jobs. Why should prosecutors and law enforcement agencies be any different.

    One more thing, why don’t you do a search for Rohypnol information and just tell me how many websites use the same text, verbatim, to propagate its effects. They don’t take the effort to investigate the drug by themselves and rely on hearsay to report the findings. Frankly, I wouldn’t believe La Roche themselves, as they’re obviously making money on this drug being a strong sedative. Why would they admit it isn’t as effective as purported to be? Here is a webpage that sums up my sentiments regarding Rohypnol better than I can, with far less words. (Haven’t you noticed? I tend to be a bit wordy.)

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