NC studes develop nail polish that detects date rape drugs

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Raleigh, NC, United States (4E) – A group of chemistry students from the North Carolina State University (NCSU) have developed a nail polish that can detect a date rape drug on a drink to protect women against sexual assault.

The nail polish called Undercover Colors won the state’s 2014 entrepreneurship competition called Lulu eGames in April. The nail polish changes color when dipped in a drink laced with the odorless and tasteless rohypnol or Xanax alerting a woman. Either drug, which causes someone who takes it to get weak and unconscious, are often used to aid in rape.

The Facebook page of Undercover Colors says the nail polish was developed to empower women to protect themselves against rape. The product can deter rapes, which an estimated 18 percent of American women are likely to suffer based on the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, a study commission by the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense.

The inventors of the Undercover Colors are Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney. Gray said the product is in the early stage of development and his team need donation to fund their research and commercial production of the nail polish.

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