Black Friday Is Almost Here!
The Inventory team is rounding up deals you don’t want to miss, now through Cyber Monday. Click here to browse!

This Drug-Detecting Straw Might Prevent Date Rapes

Illustration for article titled This Drug-Detecting Straw Might Prevent Date Rapes

Two scientists have developed a sensor that can automatically and accurately detect if date-rape drugs are in your drink. All you have to do is dip the straw in your drink and see if it lights up.

It's the brainchild of Professor Fernando Patolsky and Doctor Michael Ioffe, both from Tel Aviv University's school of chemistry. Ioffe says:

"The drug itself is reacting with this chemical formulation and the previously clear formula becomes dirty and when the light shines it you can detect it. You don't have to do anything but dip it in your drink."

Advertisement

They haven't decided on the final design of the date rape drug detector (it could be a stirrer instead of a straw) but so far in testing, it's been 100% accurate with no false positives. Anytime they slip a date rape drug inside the drink, the straw detects it. The straw currently detects GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and ketamine and will include testing for Rohypnol (roofies) in the near future. With proper funding they hope to become commercially available in a year and a half. If it really works, every bar in every city needs to support this.AFP via CNET]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

acco205
FACEMAN. The man with a face.

so many people dont seem to get this...

1. people who are concerned about the necessity of a straw:

you'll note that the end of the article says that it might not end up a straw. it could be a stirring wand, maybe an umbrella, or even the glass! something appropriate for the drink being served.

2. beer/wine concerns:

see above. you could make a glass that reacts the same, or even a liquid indicator that is simply added to the drink that will react when a drug is added.

3. people concerned about how others will react to you pulling a straw out of your pocket at the bar:

this isn't necessarily something the individual would carry around. think more bartender serves drink with indicator in place, jackoff drugs drink, indicator goes off and you leave un-raped.

that being said, I see nothing wrong with carrying it around with you. If youre getting a drink from a friend you trust, then whats the worry? youre concerned about the creeper you DONT know. and if he gets offended because you check the drink he brought you for drugs then you probably needed to check the drink for drugs.

4. people who arent in support of this because you wont get away with date rape:

I hope your dick gets bitten off by a ferret. even if youre joking. (its not funny)

would be cool to see something like the alcohol detecting flashlights the cops carry at the beaches in socal too.