Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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Flunitrazepam

Slang terms rohypnol, sexual assault drug, roach, roche (ro-shay), roofies, run-trip-and-fall, R -2, Mexican valium, ropynol, rib, rope

Active ingredient

Benzodiazepine

Source

Synthetic

Pharmacological classification

Strong sedative (ten times the potency of diazepam)

Medical use

Presurgical anesthetic; insomnia

Abuse form

White tablets

Usage method

Taken orally, snorted

Effects sought

Intoxication, sleepiness, deep sedation

Adverse effects

Respiratory distress, blackouts, amnesia, death with over-dose

Detectable in urine

Yes

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