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Plastic Drinkware Alerts User To Presence Of Date Rape Drugs

New tech-startup is creating color-changing cups to combat alcohol related sexual asaults.

Ryan Gerhardt
Ryan Gerhardt on December 5, 2012.

DrinkSavvy, a startup founded by Mike Abramson, is working to develop and produce plastic cups, straws, stirrers, and glassware that will help cut down on the occurrence of drug-aided sexual assault.

DrinkSavvy intends to use plastic party cups, which are already highly popular at parties on college campuses and among young adults, to bring greater awareness to the dangers of date rape drugs and alert you to their presence.

The newly created cup, and other drinkware, is designed to change from its natural clear appearance to a stripped red color when the drink has been unknowingly spiked with the drug. Date rape drugs tend to be odorless, colorless, and tasteless when they’re in your drink, which make it nearly impossible to detect them.

By working with Dr. John MacDonald, a professor of chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Abramson’s company is developing a material that changes color in the presence of date rape drugs and can be integrated into drinkware. As Abramson says,

We all know not to leave our drinks unattended, but the reality is it’s impossible to keep an eye on your drink all night…[With DrinkSavvy] that means discrete, 100% effortless, and continuous drink monitoring throughout the night.

 

DrinkSavvy’s goal is to initially make their products available online, while also providing them free to selected rape crisis centers. Long term, DrinkSavvy would like to convince bars, clubs, and other establishments to use their products as an easy way to raise their safety standards.

DrinkSavvy is currently using Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding site, if you’d like to contribute and learn more. With over a million estimated date rapes each year, this could prove an easy way to help keep yourself safe. Check out their video below:

Photo by Treatment4Addiction

Graphics by DrinkSavvy

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