Germans invent bracelet that detects date rape drugs

Two German scientists have developed a bracelet that changes color after contact with just one drop of any drink that is laced with drugs. 

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Why this story matters:

Having their drinks spiked with drugs is a fear that clubbers, especially women, have to live with every time they go out to a bar or a club. These “date-rape” drugs, like GHB or Rohypnol, are colorless, tasteless, and their effects are felt in a matter of minutes. The symptoms of date rape drugs are similar to the incapacitating effects of alcohol, so victims of drink-spiking are sometimes assumed to have gotten too drunk. 

Two German scientists, Kim Eisenmann and Sven Häuser, were inspired to develop their “Xantus” bracelet after Eisenmann’s friend became a victim of drink spiking. After going to a party, she was later found injured in a park with no recollection of what happened. 

The Xantus bracelet is white, which resembles the ribbon used to enter many German clubs. The wearer only needs to apply one drop of a drink to see if it is laced with any drugs. If the drink tests positive, the two green circles on the bracelet will turn blue. The bracelet is meant to make the wearer feel safer and to act as a deterrent to any possible offenders.

Details from the story:

  • The UK’s NHS found that every year hundreds of people are likely to be victims of drink spiking.
  • Many incidents of drink spiking go unreported due to embarrassment or loss of memory.
  • Drink spiking is illegal in the UK. Offenders can get up to ten years in prison, or even more depending on if they assault their victims.
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