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It's not always a stranger. Date rape drugs can be slipped in by a bartender, server even a "friend."
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Smart Polish

Four North Carolina State University students have developed a smart new polish that could potentially save women from sexual assault. The development is surprisingly controversial, with some groups stating that it could lead to decreased education and awareness about the issue. Read on to learn more about this new product and an overview of the pros and cons.

With nearly 1 in 5 U.S. women facing sexual assault in their lifetime, it's clear that action needs to be taken. While there are numerous outreach, awareness and education programs designed to teach women how to protect themselves from an attack and how to recover if one happens, the problem still runs rampant. 

Four college students from North Carolina State University have developed a product that may prevent certain instances of date rape, and which could soon be available in your bathroom cabinet. Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney and Stephan Gray founded their nail polish line, Undercover Colors as a way to help combat the date rape epidemic. 


The Science

Undercover Colors are applied just like any other nail polish; just skip the top coat. When a woman goes out with her friends to a bar, restaurant or party, she simply dips one of her fingers in her drink. A chemical in the polish will react to the presence of Rohypnol, Xanax or GHB -- all commonly used date rape drugs -- by changing color.


Why It's Different

Previous products designed to prevent date rape, which included coasters and and paper strips, are a little more conspicuous to use. But a woman could very casually dip a finger in her drink before tasting, and unless the drink changes color, no one would be the wiser. And if it does change color? Well, then it's time to leave. 

Undercover Colors change color when a drug is detected


The Controversy






Whichever side of the fence you are on, any development being made to prevent crimes against women (or men) is a step in the right direction. 

You can lea more about Undercover Colors on their Facebook page 

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