Rohypnol, that is known world wide as the "Date Rape Drug", holds a very serious threat for the users thereof. It is a drug that is abused more and more especially by teenagers and is found especially at parties and more so at house parties.
Rohypnol's active ingredient, Flunitrazepam, is part of Benzodiazepine types of drugs, which is known world wide for use in various cases of rape. This drug that was recently reclassified as a schedule 6 tablet, and can only be obtained with a prescription and is used as a sleeping tablet.
Rohypnol has various street names of which "Rosshies" is the most popular because of the fact that the producer's name is printed thereon. There are various cases noted in Pretoria and especially in areas such as Laudium, where Rohypnol is obtained by means of forged prescriptions and sold and marketed on street level.
USE OF THE SUBSTANCE
Rohypnol is largely used by crushing it and mixing it with drinks. It can also be taken as a tablet to aggravate the effect of alcohol misuse. In other words, the person will experience a very high level of intoxication.
The danger thereof is that Rohypnol is mixed with a person's drink or cool drink without their knowledge. This especially happens at parties previously mentioned. Girls' drinks usually get spiked with the sole purpose of raping them.
It usually happens that a person that is being raped, realizes that someone is busy having sexual intercourse with her, but that she is not able to do anything to stop it. The next day she cannot remember any details with regards to the raping.
It is clear that Rohypnol at this stage, not just in South Africa but world wide, especially in the USA, holds a serious danger for the safety of especially young ladies. The use of this tablet is growing at an alarming rate and it was the purpose of the legislator to curb the misuse thereof by placing it in a higher schedule than what it originally was.
Because of the random use of this tablet by especially young men at parties, ladies are warned, on a general basis, to make sure they only accept drinks from someone that they know very well and whom they know will not "spike" their drinks or cold drinks.
Ladies are seriously advised not to, under any circumstances, receive a drink at a nightclub that is in an open container, but to rather open the container themselves or to watch the person that is pouring the drink. An open drink should not be left unattended.
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