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Students Invent Nail Polish To Detect Date Rape Drugs

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - When women choose a nail polish, the color is usually the most important decision.

But now a group of young inventors say their nail polish could keep you from becoming a victim of a date rape.

They say it can detect if your drink is spiked by simply dipping your finger in it.

This nail polish is not yet on the market but already the college students who invented it are getting a lot of attention and a lot of money to get this product on store shelves.

They say it's a simple and discreet way for women to find out if their drink has been spiked with a date rape drug.

An experimental nail polish called "Undercover Colors" can tell you if your drink has been spiked with a date rape drug. 

You simply dip your finger into a drink, and if the polish changes color, it means someone has slipped you something. It's an invention of four North Carolina State University students who've been working on the line for the past year.

"It is a good measure of prevention, however the message we should be sending to people is not to rape each other," said Kat Hoffland.

Kat Hoffland is the President of "I always get consent," aimed at education and prevention of sexual violence on campus.

She says while the polish could provide an extra layer of protection it may also be a false sense of security since alcohol alone is often used in sexual assault.

"9 out of 10 times the victim will actually know the perpetrator. So you may think you're in a comfortable situation where you are actually not," she said.

"We've seen this over and over again where an individual will continue to do this, he'll get away with it, and continue to do it," said Lt. Michael Pooley.

Tempe Police Lt. Michael Pooley said many times people don't report being slipped a date rape drug because they're not sure what happened.

"There's so many different drugs out there that have this effect, it's not just one set of drugs, there's a lot of different things that can be put in someone's drink to have these same effects,' said Pooley.

They say the nail polish will detect drugs such as GHB, Rohypnol, and Xanax which are odorless and tasteless. 

The inventors hope to announce when their product will be available. 

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