A straw that detects drugs
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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.