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Undergrads Invent Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

Katy Hollingsworth

Four North Carolina State University undergraduates are inventing a nail polish that changes color when dipped in to a spiked drink.

Known as Undercover Colors, these four undergrads are seeking to ensure that with this new nail polish, women can safely and discreetly check their drinks by stirring it with their finger. If a date rape drug such as Rohypnol or GHB is present in the drink, the polish will change colors.

Though there are currently coasters available that perform much the same test by changing colors when a drugged drink is set on them, the discreet use of nail polish ensures that a woman can remain safe and generally unnoticed when checking her drink.

You can support the development of Undercover Colors here.

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