Students Create Drug-Detecting Nail Polish to Help Prevent Date Rape

Four students from North Carolina University have come up with an amazing invention that could help put an end to date rape.

date-rape-nail-polish-inventorsAnkesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney and Tasso Von Windheim (pictured right) are attempting to bring Undercover Colors, a nail polish that changes colors when touched by date rape drugs, to the market.

Undercover Color is made with chemicals that detect substances such as Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. A woman wearing this nail polish can test her drink by stirring it with her finger before consuming it. The team says, “With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety,” adding “If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.”

The students hope this will not only help prevent sexual assault by alerting the would-be victim, but also by discouraging potential offenders by making them fearful of the potential repercussions of being caught.

In an ideal world there would be no rape attempts and no need for products like these, but since we don’t live in an ideal world, this is a great step in preventing this type of assault from occurring.

The company is asking for donations to help the Undercover Color venture a reality. Click here to find out how you can help.

Feature Image: Mockup by Slash Gear

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