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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Detect Date Rape Drugs: This test allows you to check if your drinks are spiked (UnderCover Colors).

A date rape drug is any drug that is an incapacitating agent when which administered to another person incapacitates the person and renders them vulnerable to a drug-facilitated sexual assault, including rape. – Wikipedia. 

drugging drink with date rape drug

Spiking here means to add poison or a drug to somebody’s drink or food without them knowing.

On college campuses, reports show that 74% of the perpetrators use date rape drugs.
A 2016 study in the Psychology of Violence Journal found more than one in 13 students reported being drugged, while 1.4% reported incidents of drugging someone. Studies show that students are at the highest risk of sexual assault in the first few months of their first and second semesters in the university. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) also reports that every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.

Date rape drugs generally have no color, smell or taste, making them nearly impossible to detect when added to a drink. Victims quickly become weak and confused, leaving them unable to refuse sex or fend off an attack.

Examples of date rape drugs

Rohypnol: date rape drug example
Image source: Daily Mail

Examples of date rape drugs include: Zolpidem (Ambiem), Ketamine, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Versed, Serax, Benzodiazepines, Rohypnol, and Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB).

This test allows you to check if your drinks are spiked/drugged

With just one drop, here’s a portable, quick and accurate way to detect date rape drugs.

This test, which is made by UnderCover Colors, only uses a few drops of a liquid to check if your drinks have been spiked within just 30 seconds!
undercover colors: detect date rape drugs
Image:UnderCover Colors

“After four years in a lab, we are so excited to unveil the most effective test for detecting spiked beverages,” the company said in a Facebook post.
“With just one drop, we give you a portable, quick and accurate way to determine the presence of commonly used date rape drugs in more than 100 liquids.” - The firm continued.

UnderCover Colors (Rape Drug Detection)

The Technology firm Undercover Colors has launched a simple, discreet test that can detect the presence of date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Versed and Serax – in a drink.

For $34.99, you get a kit that includes five single-use tests, four free custom carriers, two key fobs and two adhesive holders so the tests can be attached to keyrings and phones.

UnderCover Colours was conceived by four students at North Carolina State University and Barbara Cook, CEO of Undercover Colors more than four years ago. Back then, it was a nail polish that changed color if immersed in drinks which were spiked with date rape drugs.

“Initially, the idea was to find out very quickly if a drink had been spiked – and it was born out of personal experience,” she said. “The original idea was a female-led product based around nails and nail polish that changed color if a drink contained drugs, but we decided to make the actual product in a gender-neutral format,” she added.

Barbara Cook, chief executive of UnderCover Colors, said: “…drugging someone’s drink without their knowledge is a crime,” “But that doesn’t stop it from happening at colleges, bars, nightclubs, and hotels around the world. While we know the UC test doesn’t solve the issue of sexual assault, we feel strongly that our science is a tool that can be used to promote safety."
“We’re responding to the real challenges of today by empowering people with information while pushing for a future where these types of crimes don’t happen.”

“UCs tests are discreet, quick, effective, versatile, gender-neutral and work in over 100 liquids – this includes both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages such as juice, mixed drinks, beer, wine and liquors,” the company explained in a press release.

“It is designed as a small, one-inch in diameter, medallion that can be discreetly carried in personal items such as pockets, wallets and purses.”

Similar products for rape drug detection

Though Undercover Colors is the first nail polish to detect date rape drugs, they’re certainly not the only detection device on the market. Similar initiatives include products like:


  • Personal Drink ID: pd.id tests for date rape drugs when dipped into a beverage and alerts users if a substance is found.
  • Swizzle Stick, looking like a straw detects GHB and Ketamine with 100 percent accuracy.
  • DrinkLock: This innovative device is affixed over a glass, sealing it closed and preventing acts of drink spiking.


Conclusive words…
Aside arming yourself with a beverage test, to help combat drug-facilitated sexual assaults, RAINN suggests knowing what you’re drinking and avoiding large-batch drinks like punches, refusing drinks from unknown people and not leaving a drink unattended.

References: 
Independent.co.uk  , New York Post.



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