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Cups in development detect date-rape drugs

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It may look like an amateur science experiment, but a video illustrates the technology behind a new product that promises to help prevent date rape. It's called Drink Savvy, created by Michael Abramson, an attorney in Boston. He said he and three of his friends have been the unwitting victims of being drugged.

Date rape drugs are colorless, odorless and tasteless. While we're all taught to keep a close watch on our drinks while we're out and about, that's not always an effective technique.

So Abramson worked with a scientist from Worchester Polytechnic University to develop products that will actually change color upon detection of the date rape drugs GHB, ketamine, and rohypnol. It was funded by crowd-sourced donations. Abramson has raised more than $50,000 on the site. So far they've designed plastic party cups, straws, and glasses.

Amy Edelstein, manager of community programs at Safe Horizon (which offers counseling and other resources to victims of sexual assault), said the products seem like a good idea, but warns nothing is completely foolproof.

The Drink Savvy products are still in development. The company plans to release a beta version to its investors late this year and hopefully start selling the products in early 2014.

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