Nail polish could detect date-rape drugs

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(PIX11) -- Soon, a fresh manicure could potentially save your life.

That's thanks to the first-ever nail polish that changes colors in the presence of compounds used to make so-called date-rape drugs. Undercover Colors detects compounds, such as Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB, which are commonly used to facilitate sexual assaults.

Four male undergraduate engineering students at North Carolina State University were inspired to make the product to help tackle a crucial social issue: sexual violence against women.

How it works: after a woman dips her fingernail in the drink, the polish will change colors if there are any potentially dangerous chemicals in the liquid.

The product is still in the development stages. The students are raising money to refine their prototype. They have already raised $100,000 for product development.

 

1 Comment

  • M Sarles

    Thanks for the sexist comment about “it’s guys that came up with it”. I’m sorry but that seems to mean that most guys would want to rape their dates. Maybe the guys you hang with would but generally, that just isn’t true. Just like saying every black guy is a gang banger. Come on lady. You should be sensitive to slurs of any sort. Wouldn’t it be better if girls didn’t hang out in places where those types of guys are?

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