Nail polish detects date rape drugs

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Over the last several years, there’s been a push to crackdown on sexual assaults in college communities. Four male undergraduate students at North Carolina State University are tackling that issue with a new invention—nail polish.

Partying and bar hopping is a rite of passage for college students, but with that comes the danger of date-rape drugs. It’s an issue all too common on college campuses. Some University of Louisiana at Lafayette students say although they’ve never been drugged, it’s always in the back of their minds.

“Every time I get a drink, I never set it down,” said freshman, Nikki James. “I constantly have my eye on it.”

“Me nor my friends have had any problems with that, but I guess in this day and age, it’s something to be aware of,” said Brittany Guillot, also a freshman.

Sexual assaults and the use of date rape drugs have become so widespread, a group of four male college students have come up with a nail polish that detects the presence of drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. It’s called Undercover Colors.

All you have to do is stir your drink with your finger and if drugs are present, the nail changes color.  Even for students who haven’t personally experienced such a situation, it would be worth buying the nail polish.

“Yeah, I worry about it sometimes,” said Mary Bateman, a sophomore. “It would be really cool if you could detect it right there.”

But the polish does not detect all of the date-rape drugs making the rounds, but experts say it is bringing awareness to the issue. According to their Facebook page, the creators say their goal is to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators.

“I think it’s very helpful, especially freshman girls who are just now starting to go out,” said James. “And like me, I’m not really aware of what’s going on or how it (drugging) happens.”

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