New Nail Polish Could Help Prevent Date Rape

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 08/26 2014 10:21AM

Updated 08/26 2014 10:23AM

Photo Courtesy of ABC7 Chicago
Photo Courtesy of ABC7 Chicago

WTVO/WQRF - A CDC study found 18% of American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. A new start-up company is hoping to lower that number through science.

Undercover Colors is a fingernail polish start-up company created by a group of researchers at North Carolina State University. They claim their new product can detect certain date rape dugs.

The way Undercover Colors nail polish works is simple, according to the company's Facebook page. Once applied to your finger, all you have to do is swirl your finger in your drink. If the polish detects a number of date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax or GHB, it will turn a different color.

The company says the color-changing nail polish alerts women in time to escape a dangerous situation. The company says it hopes to "make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman's drink because there's now a risk that they can get caught."

Engadget reports the company is still in the development and fundraising phase. There's no word on when the product will be made available to the public, though the company did recently receive a $100,000 donation from a single investor.

Information from ABC7 Chicago was used in this report.

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