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Roche- funded studies of Rohypnol in Florida and Texas. I made a recent phone call to the Los Angeles Police Department and found out that the police officers were provide free kits to detect Rohypnol in urine. In the state of Florida they use the kit to convict date-rapists. “Here we have everything, and it’s very accessible,” said Sanjuana Covarrubias, director of the Centros facility in Tijuana.” Some U.S. officials would like even tougher action. Specifically, the DEA is pushing to have the sedative classified as a Schedule 1 drug, as Florida did last month. that permits prosecutors to seek sentences such as those imposed for selling heroin or cocaine. Currently, the drug flunitrazepam is classified in the United States as a schedule four drug, defined as substances with low potential for abuse and acceptable for medical use in the United States. When the drug is legally administered, it is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia and as a mild sedative. Rohypnol is marketed in one milligram and two milligrams varieties, with two milligrams being considered a ?heavy dose.? During my research, I found that most of the people bringing the drug across are very young aged, college students. All they have to do is fill out a declaration form (which lists what they are bringing across the border). The Office of National Drug Control Policy says the use of Rohypnol may lead to the development of physical and psychological dependence. The risk of dependence increases with dose and duration and can be considered greater in patients with histories of alcohol and drug abuse. One physical dependence has developed, abrupt termination of the drug will result in withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, muscle pains, extreme anxiety, tension, confusion and irritability. Extreme cases of withdrawal may experience numbness and tingling of the extremities, hypersensitivity to light and noise, convulsions and hallucinations. I believe that education on this drug and it’s effects need to be addressed in the near future; if not now, because our youths are going to suffer in the long run and so will out communities. Rohypnol is very hard to detect and only one way to get a positive reading is to do a urine sample. Even this detection process is very costly, which means it is hard to prosecute because of this reason. You have to be specifically trying to detect this type of drug in order to get a positive reading. In conclusion, it is very evident on the problem with drugs in the border town of Tijuana. I have identified the danger of drugs, easiness in obtaining drugs in Tijuana, U.S. side usage, Mexico side usage, Rohypnol, affects and side affects and finally the U.S. noticing the problem and taking a step to combat the drug. I feel that the United States is not well educated on the problem with Rohypnol here in this country. Most parents would never know of such a drug existed, and especially the easiness of obtaining the drug. I might have heard of the drug once being a student here at SDSU, but it exists and seems to be the hush-hush; lets keep it ourselves secret drug. We need to take a stand and get the media involved in this, so the parents of an unexpected casualty doesn’t have to hear about it from an autopsy report. The literature and statistics are there, but finding it can be a different task at hand. A war on drugs can’t be won unless we all take an active role in the cause! BIBLIOGRAPHY Dibble, Sandra. “U.S. Scourge spreads South.” The San Diego Union Tribune Sunday, November 17, 1996. Trotta, Dan. “FEATURE-U.S.-Mexico border becomes fertile new killing ground.” Reuters, October 24, 1996.