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Reports Claim Students Have Created Roofie Detecting Nail Polish


Outline

Reports circulating online claim that a group of university students have developed a type of nail polish that can change colour when it comes into contact with common date-rape drugs.

Roofie detecting nail polish
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Brief Analysis

The reports are true. Four students at North Carolina State University have indeed come up with a nail polish that reacts to drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. However, it should be noted that the product is still being researched and developed and is not yet available for sale.

Example

A group of undergrads from North Carolina State University have developed a nail polish that has a unique function – it detects date rape drugs in drinks. The company hopes to empower women by giving them another line of defense against date rape.

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Detailed Analysis

Circulating Reports Claim New Nail Polish Detects Date-Rape Drugs

Various reports currently circulating via social media claim that a group of university students have created a type of nail polish that can change colour when it comes into contact with common date-rape drugs.

Because of the somewhat unusual claims in the reports, some recipients have suspected that they originate from one of the many fake-news websites that now clutter the Internet.

Reports are True Although Product is Still in Development

However, claims in the reports are true. Students at North Carolina State University have indeed created a type of nail polish that is capable of detecting drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB.

The four undergraduates, who work out of the Materials Science & Engineering department at the university, call the product 'Undercover Colors'.

However, it should be noted that the product is still being developed and is not yet available for sale.

A post on the Undercover Colors Facebook Page explains:

Thank you so much for the positive response and interest in Undercover Colors. We could not be more thrilled with the supportive feedback we’ve received so far! Many people are wondering where they can purchase Undercover Colors, and while we love the enthusiasm, we need to clarify a few items that may have been lost in all the media excitement of the past few days.

First of all, our product is not yet for sale. We are in the early development of our nail polish. One of our main priorities is to ensure that we develop a product that tests for a comprehensive set of drugs before we release it. Our proof-of-concept research has been very promising and we want to continue to build on this early success before we officially release a product in stores. Your continued support as we work through our research phase is not only appreciated, but crucial to our goal of developing the first effective deterrent to drug-facilitated sexual assault.
You can find out more about the project via the Undercover Colors Facebook Page. The students are in need of further funding to allow continued research and development of the product.



Roofie detecting nail polish

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Last updated: August 28, 2014
First published: August 28, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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