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Coming soon: Glasses that detect date rape drugs

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Because keeping a drink in sight at all times is easier said than done, Boston-based company DrinkSavvy wants to create a line of products that will change appearance after getting spiked, alerting drinkers to the presence of date rape drugs and preventing them from blacking out.

Created by patent attorney Mike Abramson after he himself was slipped a date rape drug at a bar in Boston, the line of straws, stirrers, cups and glasses display a red tinge upon making contact with the usually tasteless, colorless and odorless drugs.

“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,” Abramson says in an informational video for DrinkSavvy. “[With DrinkSavvy] that means discrete, 100 percent effortless, and continuous drink monitoring throughout the night.”

After asking for the help of Worcester Polytechnic Institute chemistry professor Dr. John MacDonald to design the products, Abramson is now hoping to raise $50,000 on Indiegogo to bring the line to fruition.

The ultimate goal for DrinkSavvy is for the cups and glasses to become the new safety standard in bars and clubs and to be stocked for free in rape crisis centers across the country.

If the group obtains the funding it needs, the products could be on the market by June of next year.

Images: DrinkSavvy Facebook

[via Fast Co.Exist, PSFK]

— By on December 16, 2012, 2:52 AM PST

Sarah Korones

Contributing Editor

Contributing Editor Sarah Korones is a freelance writer based in New York. She has written for Psychology Today and Boston's Weekly Dig. She holds a degree from Tufts University. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure