Students Invent Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

Even if you’ve never been to a party or bar, I bet you know their number one rule: Never leave your drink unattended. There’s also its cousin, never accept a drink from someone if you didn’t see them make it. Why all the rules?

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In the United States, 18 percent of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s nearly one in five. Often, the assaults are facilitated by the use of date rape drugs. These include Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

Problem is, these drugs can be difficult to detect, and up to now, no one has figured out a reliable, and discreet, way to check for them and still maintain your drink. That may change with a new idea from four undergraduates at NC State University. They’re developing a nail polish, Undercover Colors, which changes colors in the presence of common date rape drugs.

“With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong,” says Undercover Colors on their Facebook page.

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“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.”

Undercover Colors is still in development, so it will likely be a while before it’s available for purchase. However, the team is trying to raise money to get their company off the ground. In an interview with Higher Education Works, a member of the team said that for the short-term, they are focused on technical development and market testing. Once that’s complete, they’ll move on to business development and refining a prototype.

For a product that’s still so far from the market, Undercover Colors has already gained a lot of attention. People, especially college students, are interested in a product that can help prevent sexual assault. Until Undercover Colors is available, be sure to pay attention to what is going into your drink. If in doubt, mix it yourself.

Photo of Undercover Colors team members from the product’s Facebook page

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One Response to “Students Invent Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs”

  1. kayla says:

    Dr Julian Gojer of Toronto Convicted of Drugging and raping two woman and killing a third one with the drugs he used to render his victims unconscious before raping them. Date fall of 2000. Psychiatrist gets off with a slap on the wrist and works as a psychiatrist regardless of criminal negligence against him.


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