Nail Polish That Changes Color Could Detect Date-Rape Drugs

Beauty & Style | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 08/27/2014 | 09:00 AM EDT

Four college students come up with technology for women to use in protecting themselves from sexual assault

A new invention that includes nail polish that changes color may be the answer to preventing date rape, thanks to four clever college students North Carolina State University.

The team founded their business Undercover Colors, which is working on launching a line of nail polish that becomes a different color once it comes into contact with liquid containing drugs.

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The idea was conceived out of the four men trying to discover a nuance way of women being able to protect themselves from common drugs like Rohypnol, GHB and Xanax that could potentially be slipped into their drinks. In fact, one in five women will experience such an occurrence in their lifetime--which is about 18 percent of women in the United States.

“We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends,” reads a statement from the founders.

“While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.”

The nail polish, which will be their first release and flagship product, will allow women to stir their nail inside of a drink to detect drugs or not. If the nail changes color then she will know that is in danger.

While other methods of detecting date-rape drugs do exist, however, they are often difficult to do discreetly without drawing attention to yourself.

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“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught,” the founders said.

“In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.”

Undercover Colors nail polish is currently in the early stages of development and is still in the fundraising stage.

(Photo: Andreas Kuehn)

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