Whether you’re planning on going way for spring break or got invited to a local party – be aware of your surroundings, stick with friends, and if you get a cup in your hand – watch it closely to protect yourself from the danger of getting “roofied.”
What is Rohypnol?
You may be familiar with the terms “date-rape drug” and “roofie.” Both of these terms are referring to the drug Rohypnol. Rohypnol is powerful and dangerous. Often times it has no smell, no color, or taste, which makes it almost impossible to tell if someone put one in your cup. Rohypnol has been used in sexual assault cases which is why it can be called the “date rape drug.”
Myth: “Date rape drugs” are used only on females.
A drug like Rohypnol can be used on both males and females. Sexual Assault can happen to anyone regardless of gender.
Myth: They call it the “date rape drug” because it happens when you’re on a date or with someone you know?
Individuals that commit the crime of putting a “date rape drug” in someone else’s cup may or may not be dating the victim. It could be a stranger or an acquaintance.
Signs to look out for
Signs that you may have been drugged are very similar to that of being intoxicated, only at a heightened level.
- Problems seeing
- Trouble talking
- Loss of muscle control
Think you might have been drugged and/or assaulted? Visit RAINN to find help near you.
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