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Nail polish could detect date rape drugs

Published: Aug. 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM EDT
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Between Boomsday and the first UT football game, it's a big weekend in East Tennessee. With the extra celebration could come an extra danger.

A recent study shows one in four college women report surviving a rape or attempted rape at some point. In 8 out of every 10 rapes -- the woman is intoxicated. Date rape drugs like Rohypnol or GHB make women especially vulnerable so vulnerable they may not even realize what's going on.

It's nothing new. A college student hitting local bar maybe even letting someone buy her a drink. But taking that drink from a stranger could be dangerous. Kailee Kirkland says, "There's some really weird people out there so you never know."

There are products students can buy to help detect date rape drugs like specially designed cups, straws and coasters. Sgt. Cedric Roach says, "Anything that can be used to detect a harmful substance could be a good idea. However there are so many different things out there you may not want to rely on one certain thing."

Four college students from North Carolina have been making headlines for their recent invention Undercover Colors. It's a fingernail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with common date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. Just stick your finger in a drink to see if you've been drugged. Kelsey Hedrick says, "It's a pretty good idea because you can check wihtout anybody even knowing what you're doing."

Denita Johnson says, "I think everyone should invest in that. Especially the ones who go out and party."

While UT students like the idea of the nail polish test, some hospital officials say it creates a false sense of security because there might be so many other drugs out there that these items don't detect. "Everyday they are changing the chemical formula that labs are having a hard time keeping up with the chemical makeup of these things. So a nail polish couldn't possible cover everything out there."

The nail polish is still in the development phase, but it could hit store shelves soon. The inventors received a $100,000 investment to help move "Undercover Colors" forward toward the marketing stage.

There are plenty of things people can do to protect themselves without these special products. Don't leave your drink unattended and if someone offers to buy you a drink, go to the bar with them. Also don't drink anything that tastes or smells strange.

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