Rohypnol misuse in the United States

Christine A. Saum, James A. Inciardi

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Rohypnol, a potent sedative-hypnotic drug prescribed extensively throughout the world, is illicit in the United States. Recently, this drug has gained popularity among United States youths as a cheap means of intoxication and subsequently has become the focus of numerous criminal investigations. College men are alleged to slip Rohypnol tablets into unsuspecting women's drinks and then sexually abuse their sedated victims. Although law enforcement agencies and drug policy groups consider Rohypnol to be an 'imminent problem,' little is actually known about patterns of misuse. Presented here is a brief overview of Rohypnol's contemporary appearance in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)723-731
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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