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Here’s What Rohypnol (The Date Rape Drug) Tastes Like.

TLDR; Rohypnol (the date rape drug) tastes very salty. If a drink suddenly has a salty taste, stop drinking it immediately.

We don’t hear much about this drug as much as we did in the 90’s, on the news and in the headlines, and even though it’s not as accessible as it was back then, it’s still being used. Rohypnol, the date rape drug goes by other street names including ‘roofies’, ‘forget me drug’, ‘ruffies’ and isn’t prescribed or even available in the United States but that doesn’t stop people from using it.

Other countries have access to the drug and it’s smuggled across borders and into the hands of many, some even looking to use it to harm others. Similar to the properties of other benzodiazepines including xanax, ativan and valium, Rohypnol is actually 7-10x more powerful than taking a valium and causes many side effects. These side effects are very strong and can cause sedation, drowsiness, dizziness, muscle relaxation, decreased reaction time, confusion, loss of motor control skills and breathing issues.

Typically when this date rape drug is used in a sexual assault, the assailant places the tablet whole or crushed into a victim’s drink. The lack of color, smell and a light taste (many report a very salty taste) make it harder to identify when it’s happened. Those consuming alcohol will find the pill can cause an increase of their intoxication and can kick in within 15 to 20 minutes after it has been given. Rohypnol lasts approximately 4-6 hours although some effects can last even 12 hours later. When the drug is used to aid in a sexual assault, the victim will be sedated and may have little to no memory of the event, their surroundings or even identifying the assailant. 

Although now the white pill is a oblong light green with blue caplet in order to spot more easily when slipped into a drink. Clear liquids will turn a shade of blue, although darker drinks make it difficult to identify if it has been compromised.

To play it safe keep your drink directly in front of you and pay attention to your surroundings, place a napkin or your hand over the drink when it’s not being consumed and if you have a gut feeling that something isn’t right or you’re unsure always mention it to the party you’re with and play it safe and order a new drink.

You may not be able to stop the illegal use of Rohypnol but you can however prevent it from happening to you.