Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nail Polish that Detects Date Rape Drug

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What a cool idea..... if it works.

Undercover Colors is a small company made up of a group a four male students from North Carolina State University. They have invented a nail polish that can detect date rape drugs that have been slipped into a drink. The polish changes color when exposed to drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. A polished fingernail could be casually dipped into a drink to detect the presence of date rape drugs.


Don't rush out to buy it. It is not available yet. It is in the development stages. Undercover Colors is looking for funding to support research and development. Visit their facebook page for more info and a link if you would like to make a donation to this worthwhile cause.
https://www.facebook.com/undercovercolors

From what I read, the idea is not new. There have been small companies trying to develop straws, coasters, drinking glasses and lip gloss to detect date rape drugs. Researchers at Tel Aviv University's school of chemistry have developed a drug detecting sensor. It seems that these  products are made by small companies that do not have the funding to get them off the ground. There is also the problem that these devices do not detect all date rape drugs giving a false sense of security. Another issue is they don't seem to work 100% when used by consumers.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17725882

A bit of tweaking and more consumer use education could make these products very useful in the future.

If you would like try out of these types of drug detectors, Drink Safe offers inexpensive coasters and test kits that you can order online.  www.drinksafetech.com 



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Jill
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