Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra by the Sea to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sierra by the Sea.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Rohypnol Information

Rohypnol is the generic drug name for the sedative/depressant Flunitrazepam. But, it is known more commonly by its street name, “Roofie”.

Under the name Roofie, most people associate the drug with sexual assault, as it is known widely as a “date rape drug.”Although there are several other drugs that fall into the “date rape drug” category, including GHB andKetamine, and the “Colombian Devil’s Breath” (Scopolamine); Rohypnol has become so synonymous with date rape, that any drug that is slipped to a victim in order to facilitate sexual assault, is often called a “Roofie.”

Other street names for Rohypnol include:

  • Circles
  • Forget-me pill
  • La rocha
  • Mexican valium
  • Pingus
  • R-2
  • Roach-2
  • Roaches
  • Roachies
  • Roapies
  • Robutal
  • Rope
  • Rophies
  • Rophy
  • Ropies
  • Roples
  • Row-shay
  • Ruffies
  • Rufies
  • Wolfies

History of Roofies:

Rohypnol is a powerful sedative belonging to the Benzodiazepine family of drugs, and was prescribed in the United States as a short-term treatment for extreme insomnia or as a sedative for patients undergoing procedures such as a colonoscopy.  Since the 1990s, Rohypnol has been illegal in the United States, but it still remains available on the black market, purchased for use as both a date rape drug or self-administered for intoxication.


The effects of Rohypnol can include:

  • dizziness
  • slurring of speech
  • unsteady gate
  • drowsiness, confusion
  • a loss of inhibitions
  • unconsciousness
  • memory loss

This last effect of memory loss is what Roofies are most well known for, as the victim of a spiked drink may wake up the next day with little or no memory of the previous night. Unfortunately, these memory lapses, or “blackouts” can also be associated with alcohol, and since the majority of cases involving victims being drugged with Rohypnol also involves the victim drinking, often they may discount the memory loss as a result of “too many drinks” and not realize that they had been drugged.

The sedative effects of the drug make it a popular, and very dangerous, choice for abusers of methamphetamines or other “uppers” like cocaine when they want to sleep but are unable, or want to try to avoid the “crash” of coming down off their high.

Method of use:

Rohypnol is normally ingested orally, but it can also be ground into a powder and snorted, or it can be dissolved in a liquid and injected. The original Rohypnol pills were white and looked much like a generic aspirin. Beginning in the late nineties, the manufacturer of Rohypnol, Hoffman-La Roche, Inc. began making the drug in a light green/tan color that dissolved slowly and released a blue dye. This helped make the drug more difficult to slip unknowingly into clear drinks, but can still easily be disguised in dark colored drinks; plus, there are generic forms of the drug or illegally manufactured versions that are still white and dissolve clear in liquid.

Tips for avoiding “Roofies”

  • Drink clear colored drinks (new Rohypnol turns blue in liquid), and be on the lookout for a bitter or other strange tastes in your drink
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers or anyone else you don’t trust unless you see the bartender make the drink and it never leaves your sight.
  • Never leave a drink unattended
  • Be alert! Watch your friends, and have them watch out for you. Be mindful of your level of intoxication. If you feel like you may have been drugged, tell someone immediately

Sierra by the Sea is a treatment center that specializes in rehabilitating people for long periods of time leading to successful outcomes.  If you are concerned about your drug use (or the drug use of a loved one) call us today for information from an addictions specialist.

Recovery is fueled by hope and courage and an exploration of the underlying factors such as trauma. Our treatment driven by compassionate and trauma-informed care provides the foundation of recovery and healing.

– Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Chief Executive Officer
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)