Oftentimes when the heinous crime of date rape occurs, a drugged drink is involved. The danger of the drugs used to spike drinks is that they can be difficult, if not impossible, for the drinker to detect. However, in the past few years, several date rape prevention products have come on the market as companies seek to empower women to fight back against date rape.
These products include things like specially formulated lip glosses and nail polishes designed to detect date rape drugs. Other companies have developed special cups, coasters and swizzle sticks able to alert users to drugged drinks. Typically, these products work by changing color or lighting up when they detect the presence of a date rape drug.
Undercover Colors (https://www.instagram.com/undercovercolors/?hl=en) is one such company. Their nail polish detects commonly used date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, xanax, GHB or ecstasy. By simply dipping the tip of your painted fingernail in your drink and swirling it around, you can quickly and easily determine if the drink is spiked. If the drink is drugged, then the nail polish will change color to alert you to the presence of a date rape drug.
The minds behind the creation and design of Undercover Colors are four male engineering students from North Carolina State University. The four students created their product line and company after deciding that they wanted to provide empowering and wearable protective products to others. Undercover Colors has attracted numerous investors, not just because of the potential for high returns, but because the product itself is attractive due to its potential to protect and empower women.
While Undercover Colors may not bring an end to the occurrence of date rape, it will provide women with a powerful tool with which to protect themselves. By giving women the ability to determine the safety of their drinks with a simple swirl of their fingertips, Undercover Colors is making a step to help fix the problem of date rape.