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Date Rape Drug-Detecting Products Getting Close To Mass Production

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A company in Boston is raising capital so it can begin mass producing products that will change color when it comes into contact with a drug-spiked drink. Drink Savvy hopes its products will help reduce incidents of drug-assisted rape.

The material to be used in the intended line of cups, glassware, stirrers and straws was developed by the company founded by patent attorney Mike Abramson. The Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduate developed the material after having personal experiences with what are often referred to as “date rape drugs”.

“Within the past three years, three of my very close friends and myself have been the unwitting victims of being drugged,” Abramson said in a fundraising video on the fundraising portal IndieGoGo.

He goes on to comment in the video that it is his hope that the product will “prevent someone you care about from possibly being the victim of drug-facilitated sexual assault.” Abramson estimates that millions are the victim of drug-assisted sexual assault every year. Official statistics on the subject are spotty because officials believe that the problem is severely under reported. The Coalition Against Violence estimates that less than 10 percent of victims report the crime.

Club drugs such as GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate), Rohypnol (aka ruffies), and Ketamine are psychoactive drugs that are often used by teens and young adults at bars, clubs, parties and concerts. However, since these powerful sedatives are odorless, tasteless, and colorless, they are sometimes secretly given to people who are then unable to resist sexual assault or other crimes.

According to DrugAbuse.gov, club drugs have varying and potentially fatal effects. The site reports “Ketamine distorts perception and produces feelings of detachment from the environment and self, while GHB and rohypnol are sedating. GHB abuse can cause coma and seizures. High doses of ketamine can cause delirium and amnesia. Rohypnol® can incapacitate users and cause amnesia, and especially when mixed with alcohol, can be lethal.”

As of December 11th, Drink Savvy has raised more than $20,000 of its $50,000 fundraising goal. The plan is to have the project completely funded by the end of the year.

Drink Savvy also has a proof-of-concept video on YouTube. The rough footage claims to be showing glassware that shows a pattern on the inside of the cup when a clear substance (presumably a chemical used in date rape drugs) is added to the drink in the glass.  The audio and visual quality of the YouTube presentation makes it difficult to determine what exactly happens since the video is a recording of a computer screen showing another video.

Prevention of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault with DrinkSavvy Color Changing Drinkware

A video by the company’s founder describing a unique solution to drug-facilitated sexual assault.

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