New nail polish with the ability to detect rape drugs

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New nail polish with the ability to detect rape drugs

Photo courtesy of undercovercolors.com

Photo courtesy of undercovercolors.com

Photo courtesy of undercovercolors.com

Jackie Sedley - Staff Writer

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Recently, the company “Undercover Colors” has been in the process of developing a nail polish that changes color in the presence of “date rape drugs”, such as Rohyphol, Xanax and Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB). With this product, users can protect themselves from spiked beverages by discreetly stirring their finger in their drink and checking the color of the polish.

According to The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, one in five women are sexually assaulted in college alone. Although the public is starting to take note of this widespread issue, few products have been developed to take action against this issue.

“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,” said the creators of the operation on Undercover Color’s Facebook About page. “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.”

Undercover Colors has said their main goal is to protect women from the dangers of sexual assault. With this new polish, women will have a greater chance of identifying sexual predators. The company wants to place fear into the minds of the perpetrators themselves.

The colors of this nail polish include red yellow, green, blue, black and white, among others. However, because this product is still in the early stages of development, there has yet to be any information released regarding the color the nail polish will turn when affected by date rape drugs or chemicals. This product is currently being developed at the College of Veterinary Medicine because this is one of the only locations in North Carolina where certain drugs beneficial to the creation of this product can be tested. This is due to the fact they are specifically controlled substances, and need to be treated as such.

According to The Washington Post, the scientists who have created this product have won first place at North Carolina State’s Lulu eGames, a competition run by North Carolina State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative to collaborate to develop solutions faced in the real world. awarded with $11,250 to benefit their product. In addition to this award, they also received $100,000 from an investor who attended their product demo at the K50 Startup Showcase.

The product is not yet on the market and therefore is not yet up for purchase. The company is still in the process of overall technical development and market testing, as well as further developing their business to ensure highest detection accuracy. Due to the everchanging chemical components of date rape drugs, this company is facing a challenge with developing a way to discover all contaminated drinks without fault. However, with these new advancements at hand, many people might feel safer with just a coat of nail polish on.

 

You can donate at: undercovercolors.com and help fund this product and help women against date rape.

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