A nail polish that may detect date-rape drugs!

A group of undergraduate students at North Carolina State University might have just revolutionized the nail polish industry.  The four students are working to develop a nail polish that changes colour if it comes into contact with date-rape drugs Rohypnol and GHB.  They dubbed it the name UC or Undercover Colours.

Rohypnol causes partial amnesia; individuals are unable to remember certain events that they experience while under the influence of the drug. This effect is particularly dangerous when Rohypnol is used to aid in the commission of sexual assault; victims may not be able to clearly recall the assault, the assailant, or the events surrounding the assault.

GHB is available as an odorless, colorless drug that may be combined with alcohol and given to unsuspecting victims prior to sexual assaults. It may have a soapy or salty taste. Use for sexual assault has resulted in GHB being known as a “date rape” drug. Victims become incapacitated due to the sedative effects of GHB, and they are unable to resist sexual assault. GHB may also induce amnesia in it’s victim.

With this new nail polish, a woman just simply dip her finger into the drink and if it changes colour – she knows to dump the drink and report the date.

1 out 17 women in Canada are sexually assaulted at some point in their life * .  The team wrote on their Facebook page. “They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.  Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.”

The team behind Undercover Colors

The team behind Undercover Colors

“In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators,” they continued, “[to become] the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.”

Three cheers to that. The team behind Undercover Colors—Ankesh Madan, Stephan Gray, Tasso Von Windheim, and Tyler Confrey-Maloney—just raised $100,000 from one investor after appearing at the K50 Startup Showcase, the Triangle Business Journal reports. They’re looking for more funding to refine the current prototype.  We hope they get it:  Their invention is an amazingly simple concept that could do so much to empower and protect women.

Although not yet for sale – we’ll keep you updated on their progress and will be the first to introduce it to our salon after their successful launch.