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Date Rape Detecting Nail Polish Review

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the founders of undercover colors Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Tasso Von Windheim

Scarlett Stover

 

Four North Carolina State University students have created a nail polish that can detect date rape drugs. The nail polish, once painted on the fingernail, supposedly changes colors if dipped in a drink containing commonly used date rape drugs, such as GBH, Rohypnol or Xanax. The idea of the nail polish is to allow women to check to see if their drink has a date rape drug, and thus prevent sexual assault. The creators wanted to generate a product that could be easily integrated into their beauty routine.

However, dipping fingers in alcoholic beverages is not discreet and can still be quite obvious to the perpetrator. Many times women are unsure if their drinks have been tampered with, especially at bars and clubs, but they do not want to offend anyone by checking them, so they proceed to drink anyway – washing away the thought that it could have been tampered with.

The nail polish was designed to be a prevention tactic to avoid sexual assault, but people have voiced their opinion through social media claiming that drugged drinks are not the underlying cause of sexual assault. The argument against the creators of the nail polish is that sexual assault perpetrators should be stopped and reprimanded for their actions, instead of forcing women to constantly check their drinks for date rape drugs.

Another argument, voiced through social media, is that consumption of alcohol, with or without date rape drugs, can lead to sexual assault. Alcohol effects the body negatively, inhibiting normal response time and decision making skills; therefore alcohol is a gateway drug to date rape.

Regardless of the social media’s negative response to this creation, this nail polish has received much attention, and will more than likely hit the shelves eventually.

If you would like to read more about this invention, explore the website of North Carolina State University at www.ncsu.edu.