Its medical name is Rohypnol, but it is more commonly known by the street names Roofies, Mexican Valium or Roach-2. For years, roofies have been known as a date rape drug, a substance men would surreptitiously place in women's drinks to render them unconscious or nearly unconscious and therefore, in a vulnerable state for sexual assault.
More recently, it appears roofies are being used on men as well.
No matter the victim, security professionals in eating and drinking establishments can be an effective tool in detecting suspicious behavior. The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) Certified Protection Officer course is a great place to begin honing one's ability to observe, with such chapters as physical security concepts, surveillance, detection and crowd management and special event planning.
Here is some recent news about roofies:
Two men reported to Metropolitan Nashville Police Department that they were drugged at a downtown bar. From an Oct. 18, 2019 report from WSMV.com:
The first victim told police that his last memory was getting into a ride share with a strange woman before blacking out.
When he awoke, he told police that he was naked in his home.
He later found $7,800 had been stolen from his home along with a Gucci watch and a ring.
Here is an excerpt from a Dec. 18, 2019 story on WKRN.com:
The latest shift in downtown crime trends he says is women targeting men, who claim they are drugged and robbed.
“We get a tremendous amount of reports about men in particular that have had encounters with women and then for one reason or another they wake up in a hotel room or somewhere else," said Nashville Metro Police Commander Gordon Howey.
Ashlee Tilford, in her blog, The Millennial's Mantra, penned a post entitled, "I Got Roofied – And Here’s What Happened Next."
Here's some of what she wrote:
"The drugs took over my system so fast I did not have time to react. I have no idea how, when, or with what I was drugged that night. Someone had horrific intentions for me and I will never know who or why. A predator."
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