Could This Nail Polish Put a Permanent Stop To Date Rape Drugs?

Four students from North Carolina State University have come up with a brilliant invention that they hope can put a stop to date rape drugs ruining so many women’s lives. Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney and Tasso Von Windheim clubbed together to develop a unique – and extremely clever – nail polish that, when dipped into a drink, will change colour if there’s any known date rape drugs in there.

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Undercover Colours calls itself ‘the first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault’. It’s clever chemical content is smart enough to detect trace amounts of date rape drugs including Rohypnol, GHB and Xanax. It’s not just the ability to detect the drugs that the boys hope has an effect, it’s the fact that would-be attackers know that women might be wearing it and so avoid even thinking about committing these terrible crimes.

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The invention got the leg-up it so sorely needed when it won $100,000 at a recent business innovation competition event, the Kairos Society K50. This allowed them to penetrate the marketplace and launch. As they’re still not firmly set as a recognisable cosmetics brand, they’re still looking for donations. If you feel like this is worthy cause you’d like to help with, you can donate here.

We think this is great. Best of luck, Undercover Colours!