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August 24, 2012 11:52 am

Tel Aviv Researchers Design Straw to Detect Date Rape Drugs

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Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have created a straw that can detect commonly used date rape drugs inside your beverage.

“The device is extremely easy to use,” said Frenando Patolsky, one of the two leading researchers involved in the project. “It does not require any time from the person to detect the drug, the device alone will do that. It will detect the presence of the drug if it is in the drink.”

Ketamine and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) are two drugs commonly used in date rape incidents, but until now they have been undetectable inside a drink.  The new device is able to determine if drinks are contaminated with these two chemicals, and according to the researchers who developed the technology, the hope is to add Rohypnol (ruffies) – another commonly used date rape drug – to the list of chemicals the device can detect.

“It samples a very small volume of the drink and mixes it with a testing solution,” Patolsky explained to the Daily Mail. “This causes a chemical reaction that makes the solution cloudy or colored, depending on the drug.”

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Patolsky, who has three daughters of his own, believes the device can help prevent sexual attacks.

“Preventing it is the best thing to do. I hope it will be sold in bars, in pharmacies.”

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  • vincent

    Can some one advise where these straws can be purchased in South Africa Cape town

  • Bob Doll

    I have found nowhere to buy these straws… This whole concept just a pipe dream or what? Seriously, what gives? This should have been on the market about 5 years ago.

  • This is certainly a good start but taking the time to constantly test and re-test one’s drink is cumbersome and socially awkward. Their “straw” is only disguised as a straw (non-functional), and actually requires the user to take action by sampling a very small volume of the drink and mixing it with a testing solution in the straw. That causes a chemical reaction in the straw that makes the solution cloudy or colored, depending on the drug. However, the straw itself does not actually change color.

    My company, DrinkSavvy, is developing normal functioning cups, straws, stirrers, and glasses, except that the cups, straws, stirrers, and glasses themselves will actually change color to warn the user. Our products will provide effortless and constant self-monitoring of your drinks all night. If you support what we are doing, like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SavvyTechnology and follow us on twitter (@drinksavvyinc).

  • Judy

    please let me know when or where I can purchase these. Would also like to be a vendor.

  • Please let me know when I can buy some straws. I have 3
    grandaughters and the straws could keep them safe. For their sake, PLEASE sell me some straws.

  • Heather

    i would like some info on how to order this product too please

  • Elio

    I would like to order some of your straws and start selling them to bars in my city. please contact me.

  • bountiful80

    Where can I purchase these? I have a daughter going off to College and this would give me some peace of mind.

  • Dana

    How can one purchase these straws?

  • kptespinosa

    i would like to begin marketing these products in the south east U.S. states. how would this be possible? please contact me with more info.
    -thanks

  • In PA, I worked at a music venue that gave the security guards a checking device (similar to use like a credit card machine when you buy something at a retail store) for driver’s licenses (to see if they were legitimate and current). If the driver’s license was expired, suspended or revoked, we would not issue them a drinking band. I wanted the checks expanded to include a criminal record check (no drinking band or perhaps even admittance into the venue) and if the person had a warrant for their arrest (arrest them on the spot). While they were at it, they can get people who are delinquent in child support.

  • Maria Perez

    Can you send me some info. I would like to know more about your product so I can think about doing some business in Puerto Rico. Let me know, please. Cordially, MT

  • mr. g.

    I would like to order some of your straws and start selling them to bars in my city. please contact me.

  • This will be a great thing to have.All bars and parties should have these.Wonderful

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Good job, will be a wonderful protection.Hope that will be market well.

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