This Straw Detects if You’ve Been Slipped a Date Rape Drug

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Date rapists commonly pray on people who fail to notice that their drink has been laced; but a few high school students from Florida may have now developed a tool to outsmart the predators. Their Smart Straw detects the most common date rape drugs which would otherwise be invisible.

 The three girls who attend Gulliver Preparatory School near Miami, Florida, were recently awarded the Miami Herald‘s Business Plan Challenge with their date rape drug-exposing innovative invention; which they named Smart Straws. The straw is unlike other test kits; since they’re easily carried, and don’t attract much attention by those unaware of its true purpose.

Victoria Roca, Carolina Baigorri, and Susana Cappello were in competition against about 300 other competitors; but their work isn’t finished. The three girls plan on continuing to develop the straws; which currently test for GHB and Ketamine, the most common date rape drugs. These straws have two testing strips which turn blue if either of the substances are present in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

They not only want to expand the test to include other drugs; but told A Plus that they may pursue a patent, and even change the name of the product.

“We might have to change the name to Safety Straw since McDonald’s came out with a ‘smart straw’ last month that is good for drinking shakes,” Cappello stated to A Plus.

Time will tell to see how profitable this device could be. These girls have now found out that 85 percent of Northwestern University students said they’d use such a product; as reported by the Miami Herald. Half of those who responded knew someone who’d been drugged at a party.

The girls are in negotiations with a drug test kit maker over the manufacturing of their Smart Straws; but for now they’re raising funds through crowd-sourcing, according to the Miami Herald.

Although, not everyone is as excited about this new potential protective commodity. Dr. Elizbeth Yuko, who has a Ph.D. in bioethics, wrote on the SheKnows blog where she’s their health and sex editor that –

“the more ‘tools’ we have to assist us in our own rape prevention, the more we’re blamed when something goes wrong.”

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