A straw that detects drugs

adult, alcohol, nablopomo, nablopomo2012 | November 6, 2012 | By

Reminder that this year’s NaBloPoMo theme on Quirky Cookery is “adults.” Content may not be appropriate for kids.
Roofies being put into a drink at a bar
Not just any drugs, but specifically date rape drugs.

  • Rohypnol (Roofies)
  • GHB (Liquid Ecstasy)
  • Ketamine (Special K)

No matter what you know them as, they’re horrible ‘club drugs’ that are frequently used to manipulate women. Scientists have developed a new straw or stirrer that can detect them in drinks, though.
A person simply dips it into their drink and the sensor absorbs a drop of the beverage. If there is a drug present, it turns the previous liquid dirty and can be held up to a light to show that the drink has been altered. The initial testing shows 100% accuracy at detecting certain forms and more testing is being done.


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