A simple stir of your drink could soon reveal whether it's been spiked with date rape drugs.
Scientists have developed a straw-shaped sensor that detects two of the most commonly used date rape drugs.
The Israeli researchers claim that the stirrer is 100 per cent accurate in detecting the drugs ketamine and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB).If the drugs are present a tiny red light appears, warning those even in dark bars to ditch their drink.
Fernando Patolsky, chemistry professor at Tel Aviv University and co-creator of the device said: 'It samples a very small volume of the drink and mixes it with a testing solution.'
'That causes a chemical reaction that makes the solution cloudy or coloured, depending on the drug.'Making the sensor fast, accurate and affordable was the greatest challenge, developers said.
But Patolsky, who has three young daughters, believes it could be a crucial tool in reducing sex attacksHe added: 'Preventing it is the best thing to do. I hope it will be sold in bars, in pharmacies.'
The device is likely to cost less than a drink and can be used multiple times until it reacts with a drug.
The developers are currently looking for investors to help bring their product to the market.
The team also hopes to add Rohypnol, 'ruffies' to the list of drugs it can detect, within a year.
One in six women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates. Some 73 percent of victims know their assailants.
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