Ruffies is one of the many street names for Rohypnol which is the brand name for Flunitrazepam, a benzodiazepine drug.


See also Drug Profile : Benzodiazapines


There are a large number of other street names for this drug including Roofies, Rophies, Roches, Roaches, Rope, Rib, Forget Pill, Circles, Dulcitas, Whiteys, Mind Erasers, Lunch Money, Pappas, Potatoes, Negatives or Minuses to name but a few.

It is most commonly found in tablet form, usually in its original packaging of foil-backed, clear plasic blister or bubble packs. Sometimes just as loose tablets, occasionally as a powder or as a liquid.

It is illegal to possess this drug unless it has been prescribed.

It is a potent and fast acting sedative.



These may be noticeable within about half an hour of ingestion and include drowsiness, impaired motor skills, dizziness, disinhibition, impaired judgement and reduced levels of consciousness. There is a danger that someone else might simply think that you are drunk.

It is very dangerous to mix Rohypnol with alcohol as the combination may produce extremely low blood pressure, respiratory depression, coma or even death. One of the most disturbing effects is that it can produce complete or partial amnesia of the events that take place after it is ingested. This is more likely when it is taken with alcohol. For this reason it has become known as a "date rape drug".


See also Drug Profile : Benzodiazapines


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