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(1) what steps she is taking to reduce the illegal use of Rohypnol; and what awareness campaigns she proposes to run;
(2) what studies her Department has undertaken on the illegal use of Rohypnol;
(3) whether she has recently reviewed the classification of the drug Rohypnol;
(4) what assessment she has made of recent trends in the illegal use of Rohypnol.
Flunitrazepam (‘Rohypnol’), together with the other benzodiazepines, is a class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs informs the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, and keeps under review the situation in the UK with respect to controlled drugs, including benzodiazepines. Its report “Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault” (2007) considered the use of benzodiazepines and indicated that adequate controls are in place for these drugs. The report is available at:
This Government are committed to tackling sexual offences and other forms of violence against women and girls. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 makes it a separate offence to give someone any substance without their consent and with the intention of stupefying them so that sexual activity can take place. We are also working closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers to look at ways to improve police investigations of rape, including cases where drugs are a contributing factor.
The Government’s Drug Strategy sets out a multifaceted approach to tackling drug use under three themes: reducing demand, restricting supply and building recovery.
FRANK, the drug information and advice service, has information on tranquillisers (which includes Rohypnol) available on its website at:
We are currently running a campaign to promote the FRANK service.