Date-rape detection device can save you from a regrettable evening

by Mark R

I’m not the kind that is a part of the nightlife, so to speak, but I am aware of date-rape drugs like Rohypnol or “roofies”.

I would hate to be one to wake up from my bed with no memory of what I had done the following night, but know that I was violated. If something could prevent that, it is worth having around. Two scientists at Tel Aviv University school of chemistry claim that they have a sensor that can detect the most common date-rape drugs even though they are colorless, odorless, and tasteless.

This sensor looks like a straw or swizzle stick, and it sucks up a small sample of the drink in order to mix it with a testing solution. Like litmus paper, this detector changes color in the presence of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid), ketamine, at a success rate of 100 percent.

The scientists are trying to get it to work with Rohypnol, and they even want the sensor to be electronic, with a warning light of some type. They even want it so the detector could send a message to the user’s cellular phone, so the potential victim can be warned in secret.

Can you imagine the look on the perpetrator when he is discovered that his date-rape drug attempt has failed? Just imagine what kind of lies that this idiot would say. Think of the best episode of “To Catch a Predator”.

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2 reviews or comments

Mike B Says: August 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Could you change it from “Regrettable” to maybe “horrible” or “nightmare?”

The things that happen are not the victims’ choice, so there is nothing for the to regret.

Audrey Says: August 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Mike, you are very considerate. He’s right.

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