The Brio Smart Coaster prevents Date Rape Drugs from getting in your drink

These Products are Challenging Date Rape Drugs

These 5 Gadgets Alert Potential Victims

With drink spiking on the rise, these products are challenging would-be bad guys by empowering their users against date rape drugs.

These Products are Challenging Date Rape Drugs

New lines of defense against drink spiking and date rape drugs have been making waves in the news for the last few years. Since 2014, researchers and product designers have been creating products that are tackling the problem of drink spiking head on.

The reality of encountering a spiked drink is startlingly high for college students. A 2016 study of three U.S. college campuses revealed that 1 in 13 students had reported or suspected that they had been drugged. While alcohol is still the most common date rape drug, researchers found that Rohypnol, Xanaz, Ecstacy (MDMA), and even Cocaine were being commonly used to spike drinks.

Many of these products are still in their research & development stages, while others are creating the foundations of the Drink Safe product marketplace.

From Nail Polish to Smart Straws, these innovative products look to empower their users against the potential dangers of date rape drugs in their drinks.

 

Drug detection at your fingertips…literally

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Probably one of the most hyped about products on our list, Undercover Colors is a nail polish that will change color if it comes in contact with date rape drugs.

This wearable technology was developed by a team of engineering students at North Carolina State University. Their idea is quite simple: Dip a finger into your drink and the nail polish will change color if it detects the presence of Rohypnol (“roofies”), Xanax, and GHB.

The FDA has been putting the breaks on products like this as the detection chemical comes in contact with skin and food. However, with a lot of investment capital at their back, the engineers of Undercover Colors are still pursuing the idea and promise big things in the future.

 

This Coaster Has Eyes On Your Drink When You Don’t

The Brio Smart Coaster prevents Date Rape Drugs from getting in your drink

Unlike the other products on this list, the Brio Smart Coaster, developed by New Potato Technologies, Inc., doesn’t test for date rape drugs; it prevents the drugs from getting in your drink in the first place.

The app controlled Brio Smart Coaster utilizes drink safety technology to detect motion of the device after it has been placed on a drink and the user activates “Guard Mode” in the app. If motion is detected the device triggers an alert notification to your phone and lights up the coaster’s 24 LED lights in a “caution” pattern.

The smart coaster can be stored in a purse or back pocket. Brio’s app is currently only available for iOS, but will be coming to Android in the not too distant future.

 

Sipping through this straw is a smart idea

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What started as a contest entry, ended up skyrocketing these three young entrepreneurs into front page news with their idea of turning a straw into a weapon against date rape.

Their Smart Straws detect the most common date-rape drugs when the straw is placed in a drink. The straws will turn blue if they detect Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) or Ketamine in a nonalcoholic or alcoholic drink.

The Smart Straw is still in its infancy, but these young ladies are making headway by developing a business plan for their company and will keep pursuing their venture.

 

This coaster acts like a Drug Lab Kit

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The Drink Safe coaster from Drink Safe Technologies is currently the only product available that tests for two commonly used date rape drugs, Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and Ketamine.

To use it, you simply place droplets of your drink onto the test area and wait a few minutes to get the results [the circles will turn dark blue]. You have to wait until the test is dry to get results, so they ask that you be patient.

The Drink Safe coaster does not test for Rohypnol and other commonly used date rape drugs and might not work with certain cocktails, which may be a problem for some users.

 

A flashdrive look-alike can tell if your drink has been drugged

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The Personal Drink ID, or pd.id for short, is a small device that, when immersed in a drink, can identify if the drink has been spiked. The device utilizes proven technology used by drug enforcement agencies to determine is date rape drugs are present in a drink.

Like the Brio Smart Coaster, this device utilizes LEDs and an app to alert a user if their drink is unsafe. If a drink is flagged as unsafe, an LED light on the device will turn red, and send an alert text to your phone.

They designed this flashdrive look-alike to be battery powered and reusable. You just need to rinse it with water [and occasionally with antibacterial soap] between uses.

Last December, their team received two grants from Canadian government agencies towards their research. Hopefully, with the funding and support of their government officials, the pd.id will become a reality.

 

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Drunk of Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

Drunk or Drugged? Spotting the Symptoms to Watch For

Editor’s Note: This article contains material that may make survivors of drug-facilitated crimes feel uncomfortable or trigger flashbacks of their situation. Reader discretion is advised.

When you’re out drinking with friends and having a wonderful time, it’s easy to have a few too many. Often, you only realize this after you feel the influence alcohol is having on your body.

But what happens when you feel more than drunk? How can you tell if you think you’ve been drugged? Knowing the warning signs is the first step in helping yourself or someone else who has been drugged.

Take a look at this image. It’s just a cozy couple at a bar celebrating something, right? We see this all the time when we go out, and it’s not a situation we would think twice about.

Drunk vs. Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

Now, take a closer look at the picture above. Do you spot what’s wrong? If you missed the capsule in his hand, we don’t blame you. A predator will do whatever they can to distract you from the danger of your situation.

Drunk or Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

Alcohol and date rape drugs cause many of the same effects on the body, as both cause mental and physical impairment. The main difference is how severe the impairment is on one’s body.

Drunk or Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

While alcohol can severely affect someone, it often takes numerous drinks before that occurs. Drugs, on the other hand, can start affecting someone in a few minutes (depending on the type).

One of the major signs that you have been drugged is if you haven’t had alcohol but feel drunk or if you have been drinking but the impact of alcohol feels extremely strong.

Date rape drugs are very potent and they take effect very quickly. Moreover, when the drugs are mixed with alcohol, they have an even stronger effect.

Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

In the unfortunate chance that you or a friend falls victim to being drugged, it is extremely helpful to be able to spot the symptoms to be able to identify the situation before any harm occurs. If you ever feel that something is not right with your body, make someone aware.

For a more in-depth description of the common date rape substances, the graphic below provides descriptions and symptoms.

Drunk or Drugged: Symptom Chart

If you suspect that you or one of your friends has been drugged, get to a hospital immediately as it is always better to be safe than sorry (cliché but true). And remember, always practice safe drinking habits as a preventative measure.

Check out the What Is Brio tab above to learn about an easy, innovative way to protect your drink while you’re out having fun.

 

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New Saliva Test detects date rape drugs

New simple saliva test detects ‘date rape’ drugs in minutes

The New Test Can Detect 6 Date Rape Drugs

Researchers at Loughborough University, UK and the University of Cordoba, Spain have developed a simple saliva test that can differentiate between victims of the ‘date rape’ drug GHB and those poisoned by counterfeit alcohol.

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The saliva test detects the presence of methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, propan 1,3 glycol and -hydroxybutyric acid (GHB). GHB is a central nervous system depressant that is slipped into a victim’s drink to numb their senses or render them unconscious. Unlike other ‘date rape’ drugs that can last in the victim’s system for up to 72 hours, GHB leaves a victim’s body within 12 hours of being taken.

Methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, and propan 1,3 glycol are industrial chemicals sometimes found in counterfeit alcohol. These substances can have numerous harmful effects on the victim, and early detection is vital for gathering evidence in cases of drug-facilitated assault or robbery.

“This new test looks for alcohols and poisons in human saliva,” explained Loughborough Professor of Analytical Science, Paul Thomas. Scientists behind the new method claim it will be as simple as taking a temperature with a thermometer. This new test will allow medical staff to quickly diagnosis GHB or alcohol poisoning in apparently drunk patients.

The researchers are now working towards clinical trials in hospital emergency departments, where the test will be put through its paces in a real-life setting.

Read the original article at Daily Mail