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Nail polish that may detect date-rape drugs in the works

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Undercover Colors nail polish, not shown, looks like your average beauty product but doubles as a discreet data-rape drug detector.Image99/Corbis Undercover Colors nail polish, not shown, looks like your average beauty product but doubles as a discreet data-rape drug detector.

Could color-changing nail polish help with a serious national problem?

Yes, according to four North Carolina State University undergrads.

The team started a business called Undercover Colors and is working on a line of nail polish that becomes a different color when it touches liquid containing drugs.

Date-rape drugs like Rohypnol, GHB and Xanax are sometimes slipped into drinks and used to facilitate sexual assault, something nearly one in five women will experience in their lifetime.

Devices do exist that can be dropped into drinks to make sure they haven’t been tampered with, but they may be difficult to use without attracting attention, especially in a social setting.

“With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger,” the inventors wrote on their Facebook page. “If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.”

Undercover Colors nail polish is still in the early stages, and its inventors are currently raising money for research and development.

“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught,” the men said.

vtaylor@nydailynews.com


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