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GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine

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Three drugs are being used to “knock out” unsuspecting potential rape victims that cause them to

blackout, unable to fight off their attacker. The names of these drugs are Flunitrazepam
(Rohypnol), GHB, and Ketamine.

Who Uses These Drugs?
They are popular on high school and college campuses, raves, and nightclubs. And not everyone
who abuses them is a sexual predator. In some circles they are used to counter depression and
other withdrawal symptoms after a high on cocaine or heroin. Many users incorrectly believe
these drugs can’t be detected in urine drug tests.

What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol, the trade name for Flunitrazepam, is a depressant used to treat insomnia and is used as
a pre-anesthetic. Rohypnol is a prescription drug manufactured around the globe, but in the
United States, it is illegal to manufacture, sell or use. When manufactured in pill form, it is an
oblong olive green tablet imprinted with the number 542.

Street Names for Rohypnol
Slang names include: Roofies or Ruffies, Mexican Valium, Rib, Roach-2 or R-2 or Roaches,
Rope or Ropies or Roopies, Circles. People under the influence are considered to be “roached
out”.

How Rohypnol Affects the Body
Some people have said that Rohypnol is similar to Valium, another depressant, but is
significantly stronger than Valium. Rohypnol is usually taken in pill form, but it can be crushed
and snorted. Its effects begin to appear in about 30 minutes, peak in 2 hours and can last at least
8 hours, depending on the dose. Rohypnol stays in a person’s system for up to 72 hours.

How Rohypnol is Used
Rohypnol can be dissolved into the drink of an unsuspecting person. In a short time, the victim
feels excessively intoxicated and often wants to sleep. The attacker offers to take the victim
home and after the attack, the victim wakes and is confused about what has happened. Rohypnol
is also used to subdue the victim for physical attack and robbery.

What is GHB?
Gamma-hydroxbutyrate acid is a chemical that produces sedative effects: slowed breathing,
intense sleepiness, disorientation and poor muscle coordination. It was developed as an
anesthetic for surgery and other medical procedures. Because of its unpredictable effects, GHB
was discarded by the legitimate medical community in the early 1990s.

GHB Street Names
Slang names include: “G”, Liquid Ecstasy, Georgia Home Boy, Gamma G, Growth Hormone
Booster, Liquid K, Scoop, Easy Lay, Grevious Bodily Harm, Goop

How is GHB Used?
As a clear and colorless liquid, GHB is sipped from the bottle cap or mixed in drinks. Similar to
Rohypnol, GHB easily can be poured into an unsuspecting person’s beverage at public places
such as clubs and parties.

How GHB Affects the Body
The consequences of GHB use include: drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, seizures,
hallucinations, and euphoria. An overdose can result in severe shortness of breath,
unconsciousness, seizures, coma, and death. Overdose usually results in a trip to the emergency
room and the intensive care unit.

What is Ketamine?
Ketamine hydrochlorine is a general anesthetic for medical procedures in people and animals.
Veterinary clinics often report burglaries in which Ketamine is stolen.

Other Names for Ketamine
Other names include: Ketalar (human anesthetic), Ketajet, Ketaset, Vetalar (veterinary products)
Slang names include: Special K, “K”, Vitamin K, Kat, Jet, Super Acid, Green, Cat Valium, Cat
K

How is Ketamine Used?
Pharmaceutical Ketamine comes in two forms: a liquid and a white powder. In liquid form, it is
injected, consumed in drinks, or added to smokeable materials. The powder is snorted or can be
dissolved and injected. When abused, the odorless and tasteless Ketamine can be poured into a
beverage and usually goes undetected.

How Ketamine Affects the Body
Use of Ketamine can cause impaired attention, learning and memory functions, dizziness,
disorientation, a delusional dream-like state, inability to move, amnesia, hallucinations,
flashbacks, and depression. Higher doses can produce an effect referred to as “K-Hole”, and out
of body experience or near death experience.

For more information
Partnership for a Drug-Free America www.drugfree.org/Parent
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) www.dare.com
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) www.nida.nih.gov
American Council for Drug Education www.acde.org

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