Drink Spiking & Safety

Drug & Alcohol Misuse


The easy availability of Rohypnol, GHB and other "date-rape" drugs has caused embarrassment to the hosts of venues and distress to it's victims


  • Rohypnol is the brand name of flunitrazepam, a surgical anaesthetic or sleeping pill. It is around 10 times more potent than the most common prescription sleeping pills.
  • The pills are usually round, white, and labelled "Roche," Sometimes, the pills are ground up into a powder. Rohypnol dissolves quickly in liquid. It has a bitter taste when mixed in a drink, but like GHB, its taste may be mostly covered
  • Prescription versions should turn blue in a drink; counterfeit versions will not
  • Rohypnol tablets are called Roofies, Roach, Roofenol, Roché, La Rocha, Roll-and-Fall, Rope, or The Forget-Me Pill (and other names)
  • 2. GHB
  • GHB is available as a clear, slightly salty tasting liquid or white powder
  • Slang / Street Names: Grievous Bodily Harm, G an others
  • GHB is often manufactured in homes with recipes and ingredients found and purchased on the Internet
  • GHB is a central nervous system depressant that can relax or sedate the body; intoxicating effects begin 10 to 20 minutes after the drug is taken. The effects typically last up to 4 hours, but overdose can occur quickly
  • GHB is cleared from the body relatively quickly, so it is sometimes difficult to detect in emergency rooms and other treatment facilities
  • Ketamine - known as "K" or "Special K" - was developed as a surgery anaesthetic and is closely related to PCP
  • Ketamine is a legal prescription drug, mostly used in veterinary practice. It is a "dissociative", causing a splitting from reality
  • It may take the form of a white powder or as a liquid in small pharmaceutical bottles
  • Ketamine is odourless and tasteless
  • The effect of Ketamine is very quick - if put in a drink you may lose consciousness in a minute
  • The drug makes users delirious; it can cause hallucinations, amnesia and difficulty hearing; overdose may be fatal
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