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A proprietary name for flunitrazepam, a benzodiazepine drug approximately ten times as potent as Valium, that when taken orally induces within 15 minutes slight nausea, dizziness, and a form of drowsiness and immobility resembling mild general anaesthesia lasting from two to eight hours. It is used in the treatment of insomnia, and it is sometimes called the date rape drug on account of having been implicated in a number of incidents of rape and sexual assault: it is tasteless, odourless, and colourless and can easily be used to spike a potential rape victim's drink without her knowledge; all traces of it disappear from the bloodstream within 36 hours; and people who take it with alcohol generally experience amnesia lasting at least 12 hours. It is sometimes taken as a street drug, and its most common street name is roofies. [Trademark]

Subjects: Psychology.

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