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New nail polish for sale that can detect date rape drugs in drinks

By Mason White 1:16 PM August 26, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) Students came up with a new way to save women from being victims of sex abuse.

A new nail polish will help save women from consuming spiked drinks.

Four college students at the State University of North Carolina, created the unique nail polish. The nail polish, called undercover colors, changes colors when it comes in contact with liquid, which is laced with date rape drugs.

According to the undercover colors Facebook page:

In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.

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.

For our first product, we are developing a nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.

Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there is now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors, and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.