Rohypnol: Ingestion methods

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 3:15 pm

Rohypnol is available in pills that are slightly smaller than an aspirin and may or may not be sealed in the manufacturer’s plastic bubble pack, making them look like any over-the-counter medication.
The pills are easily crushed and are sometimes both odorless and colorless — although, again, legally manufactured Rohypnol now turns blue when dissolved in beverages. Although the powder does have a slightly bitter taste, illegally manufactured Rohypnol is often easily disguised when dissolved in alcohol or flavored beverages. The drug’s effects typically begin within 30 minutes and peak at two hours after ingestion. A single dose can produce effects on the user that last for eight hours or more.
While swallowing the pills or dissolving them in liquid are the most common ways to take Rohypnol, reports suggest some abusers crush the pills and snort the powder much as they would cocaine. The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) also indicates there is evidence that some abusers are injecting powdered Rohypnol with hypodermic needles, possibly as a cheap substitute for heroin.

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