​This Nail Polish Changes Color When Exposed to Date Rape Drug

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Four undergrad engineering students have banded together to create a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB as a way for women to prevent potential date rape.

Undercover Colors is the brainchild of Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan and Tasso Von Windheim, students at North Carolina State University. Daily Mail reports:

'We were thinking about big problems in our society, the topic of drug-facilitated sexual assault came up,' Mr Madan told Higher Education Works.

'All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience, and we began to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use.

'And so the idea of creating a nail polish that detects date rape drugs was born.'


The polish emphasizes empowerment through discretion though it requires the wearer to dip her finger into her drink and stir. Undercover Colors is still in development and the four students are currently fundraising to perfect their formula. This is yet another great step for various drug-detection products that combat drug-facilitated rape and could prove to be very useful for women, but keep in mind that the most common rape drug is alcohol. And while helping a woman protect herself is always a good move, victims are in no way responsible for rape—rapists are.

Screenshot via UndercoverColors.com.

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Great idea. I would say though, as someone who has had their drink spiked (thankfully got home to my BF safe), having your drink spiked is something that you never really imagine will happen to you.

I wasn't out "on the pull" I wasn't really in conversation with any men (other then the usual bar chit-chat)I was out with some friends. Yet someone, god knows who, decided to spike my drink. Nothing would have made me think that I was vulnerable that night so I wouldn't have taken any precautions against it (even if available at the time).