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DrinkSavvy designs cups that detect date rape drugs

Have you ever worried that someone is going to slip a date rape drug into your drink without you noticing? That’s exactly what happened to Mike Abramson — and he’s developing technology to stop it from happening to anyone else.

Abramson’s company, DrinkSavvy, is working to create products, such as plastic cups and straws, that change colors when a date rape drug is present in a drink.

The products are still in the development stages, as DrinkSavvy needs additional funding to perfect the color-changing material used. The company has raised around $20,000 of its $50,000 campaign on indiegogo.com.

The material used in DrinkSavvy products will react to common date rape drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine and Rohypnol, but will be updated to include new popular drugs in the future. DrinkSavvy hopes to make their first products available online and free at some rape crisis centers, but the company has bigger dreams for the future.

“DrinkSavvy’s ultimate goal is to use the success of this campaign to convince bars, clubs, and colleges to make DrinkSavvy the new safety standard and eventually make drug-facilitated sexual assault a crime of the past,” their indiegogo campaign site reads.

DrinkSavvy also hopes to put their technology into more drink containers, such as glasses, cans and bottles.

And while the DrinkSavvy line of products could help protect people from becoming victims of date rape drugs, it is not a foolproof product. The company’s donation campaign FAQs stress there is no substitute for remaining vigilant.

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