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Rohypnol

(Also called: Ropes, Ruffies, Roches, Run-Trip and Fall, Roapies, Mexican Valium)

What is it?

  • Central nervous system depressant with many of the same effects as alcohol
  • Originally used as a sleeping pill or pre-surgery anesthesia
  • Illegal in the United States, still manufactured in Mexico

What does it look like?

  • Small, white pill about the size of an aspirin
  • Has “Roche” (the manufacturer’s name) on it
  • Odorless, tasteless, colorless, dissolves quickly in liquids

What are the effects?

  • Sedation/blackout
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Clumsiness
  • Impaired judgement
  • Memory impairment
  • Tremors
  • Rohypnol is seven to 10 times more potent than Valium
  • Alcohol triples the effects

How is it ingested?

  • Usually orally
  • Onset of effects within approximately 15-20 minutes
  • Effects can last up to 24 hours
  • Can be detected in urine up to 48-72 hours after ingestion

How does it get to the U.S.?

  • Through the IH-35 corridor, Rohypnol comes from Mexico into Texas
  • Rohypnol also is brought into Southern Florida from the Caribbean or Columbia

Can someone die from taking Rohypnol?

  • Yes, although extremely rare

GHB

(Also called: Grevious Bodily Harm, Easy Lay, Saltwater, Liquid Ecstacy, Liquid X, Cherry M)

What is it?

  • Central nervous system depressant with most of the same effects as alcohol
  • Once sold in health food stores as an additive in body builder formulas
  • Used as an anesthetic for surgery; United States stopped using it due to seizures

What does it look like?

  • Most frequently sold as a liquid
  • Can be in capsule or powder form
  • Put into drinks and dissolves
  • Odorless, colorless and has a slightly salty taste

What are the effects?

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Amnesia
  • Decreased heart rate, respiration rate
  • Abrupt loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Death

How is it ingested?

  • Usually orally
  • Strong drinks are a perfect cover-up for the salty taste
  • Onset of effects can be from five minutes to an hour
  • Effects can last up to six hours
  • GHB can be detected in the urine up to 12 hours after ingestion, but no longer

How does it get to the United States?

  • Most commonly, GHB is made from recipes available on the Internet

Can someone die from taking GHB?

  • ABSOLUTELY! If mixed improperly, it is a paint stripper ingredient and acid

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