Nail Polish that Identifies Rape Drugs Could Be on the Market Soon

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Nail Polish that Identifies Rape Drugs Could Be on the Market Soon

Nail Polish that Identifies Rape Drugs Could Be on the Market Soon

Nail polish is something that most women wear, especially when going out at night, and as something that everyone wears, it makes an ideal fashion item for women to wear to protect themselves. While there are many products on the market that help to keep women safe on dates and while alone at night, Undercover Colors is unique in that it actually detects the presence of common date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB. But despite how cool it sounds, not everyone is excited about the possibility of it hitting the market.

For example, Rebecca Nagle of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, suggests that by introducing a rape prevention method into everyday fashion doesn’t necessarily make it less likely that someone will be raped, it only makes the date-rape drugs seem more ‘okay’, in that there are actual products available to prevent them.

Alexandra Brodsky also had something to say on it, “I really wish that people were funneling all of this ingenuity and funding and interest into new ways to stop people from perpetrating violence, as opposed to trying to personally avoid it so that the predator at the bar rapes someone else.”

However, Undercover Colors is not the first anti-rape drug product, and some of the others include straws, coasters, and more. And we, personally, approve of anything that puts more power in the hands of women who are potential victims.

How Does Undercover Colors Work?

Undercover Colors applies onto the nail like an ordinary nail polish, and does look to be in several colors such as red, green, blue, purple, and perhaps even clear. The nail polish features an enzyme which reacts to the presence of classic rape drugs such as diazepam, Rohypnol, Zolpidem, GHB, and more. The result is that a woman on a date with someone new, or someone out alone can easily test their drink by dipping a fingernail into it. This is easy to do, does not arouse suspicion, and ensures that a drink is safe after it has either been left at a counter or with a date, of if it was prepared out of eyesight.

Undercover Colors is expected to be on sale soon after the manufacturers, a team of students from the North Carolina State University, earn more funding.

Most importantly, this is not a new development, and in fact, the same students won the LuLu eGames Student Competition with Undercover Colors last year.

What do you think? Are technologies like UnderCover Colors worth our time and money? Or like the critics suggest, should web be spending more time, money, and initiatives on teaching people not to rape others in the first place?

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