Could a set of painted nails detect a date rape drug?
Could a set of painted nails detect a date rape drug?

New nail polish to detect date rape drugs in drinks

A NAIL polish being researched by American college students could help women find out if their drinks have been spiked.

Named "Undercover Colors" the range of polish changes colour when it comes into contact with a variety of date rape drugs including Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

The idea is that a woman can simply dip her fingernail into her drink and know if something is amiss.

In Australia, date rape statistics are difficult to track down because the attacks often go unreported.

A variety of Australian crisis centres describe the crimes as "incredibly common".

According to Undercover Color's Facebook page, the goal of the polish is to "empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime".

They wrote, "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. 

"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 colour, 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's now a risk that they can get caught."

No word yet on when it will be available for purchase, although Undercover Colors is currently seeking donations through their website and Facebook page.

The team behind the Undercover Colours nail polish: Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan, and Tasso Von Windheim.
The team behind the Undercover Colours nail polish: Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan, and Tasso Von Windheim. Undercover Colours Facebook


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