New Nail Polish May Help Detect Date Rape Drugs

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New Nail Polish May Help Detect Date Rape Drugs

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Four college students in at North Carolina have invented a nail polish that might help detect "date rape" drugs like GHB, Xanax, and Rohypnol.  These are odorless, tasteless compounds that are slipped into drinks, leaving the unknowing victim often times incapacitated or unconscious.

The nail polish, called "Undercover Colors", is said to change colors when it comes into contact with the drugs.  Women can simply stir a drink with their finger to detect the illicit substances.  The product's Facebook page says the following:

"While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime."

While the plan is to eventually bring the product to market, it is still in its development stages. One of the ultimate goals, according to the group, is to shift the fear from the victim to the perpetrator, as they can now be detected.

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However, some believe that this is just a "quick fix" solution, masking a bigger problem. Alexandra Brodsky, a founder and co-director of Know Your IX, a group who addresses the issue of campus sexual violence tells ThinkProgress.org:

"One of the reasons we get so excited about these really simple fixes is because it makes us feel like the problem itself is really simple. That's a comforting idea... But I really wish that people were funneling all of this ingenuity and funding and interest into new ways to stop people from perpetrating violence, as opposed to trying to personally avoid it so that the predator in the bar rapes someone else."

Via: CBS News

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