Could Cups and Straws Prevent Date Rape?

drinksavvyEach year it is estimated that across the nation, 1 out of every 6 women has been the victim of attempted or complete rape in her lifetime. Millions of those completed or attempted assaults  are facilitated by drink spiking — and 80 percent of the victims are women.

The company DrinkSavvy is trying to change these statistics. By developing cups, glasses and straws that change color at the detection of invisible drugs, it hopes to make bars and clubs a safe space for all.

Garnering support and funding from grants and a public fundraising platform, company founder Mike Abramson from Boston worked with Worcester Polytechnic Institute chemistry professor John MacDonald. Together they created a practical test for GHB, ketamine and rohypnol—the most common drugs used in drink spiking.

One can already check for drugs with litmus tests, but those are cumbersome and beverages must be repeatedly tested. Abramson’s products aim to make testing for drugs easy and effective.

Abramson has already received interest from bars and clubs worldwide, and hopes to encourage “bars, clubs, and colleges to make DrinkSavvy the new safety standard.” The technology can even be used by drink companies to make their standard serving bottles and cans drink-savvy as well.

Although public distribution isn’t expected until 2014, venue owners and drink brands are invited to join a mailing list to receive the latest release and pricing information. Shipping to fundraising contributors is set to happen next month.

Photo of DrinkSavvy plastic cup from Twitter user mirkohumbert

Comments

  1. This idea is awesome and could save many people from harm!

  2. PLEASE, Please, please, make this affordable. Heed the philosophy of the great moral scientists like Jonas Salk. When asked about his Polio vaccine: he said, “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
    My fear is that they will make this technology so prohibitively expensive that bars won’t feel they can afford to use it.

  3. Dawn MxcInnes says:

    The point that is often neglected is that this self centered and inexcusable practice not only dehumanizes the victim , but is actually putting at risk the lives of many women with a wide variety of medical conditions. That some snot nosed little moron with a taste for necrophilia is willing to risk another human beings life in order to get his rocks off and to pander to his own perversion is beyond belief. Anything that could prevent these murders and abuses is a great thing.

  4. Great idea, though still not addressing the problem at its source – teaching boys to value women and consent, and taking assault seriously on a law enforcement and legal level. Put it all together and we’ll get somewhere.

  5. This is the most ingenious product that I’ve ever herad of. I would love to find a way to help market it. You dont always know who’s lurking and it’s so easy to drop something into a drink without people even seeing and this can save you not only from a lot of pain and suffering but possibly your life. I knew everyone there that night in neighborhood tavern in Providence..not him.

  6. What a great idea. I know that it would make me feel safer.

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