Drink Detective tests for drugs

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Drink kit to help prevent date rape

In college, you’re supposed to have the time of your life. The best four years, where you learn so much, experience a lot and let’s face it, party hard.

You make lots of friends and attend countless parties, but can you honestly say you trust everyone you see at a party? Enough to look out for you, take care of you? What about enough not to worry about them harming you in anyway? Everyone always thinks, “Oh, that’s not going to happen to me,” until the one time something bad happens, and then they say, “Why me?”

College students often are warned to watch their drink and be on the lookout for roofies and other date rape drugs. Although it can be repetitive to hear, it’s such an important issue, considering how much drinking is a pastime among some college students.

Dave Brown, director of counseling at Missouri Western, says there is no exception when it comes to concerns about date rape on college campuses.

“The drug implicated in most rape cases is still just plain old alcohol,” Brown said.

Justice Department surveys indicate anywhere from 55 to 90 percent of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol or drug use on the part of the victim or the assailant. There will soon be a date rape testing kit that is small enough to be taken anywhere. Within the coming year there will be a tiny test strip that can quickly indicate whether a date rape drug has been slipped in a drink and will be available in shops and bars.

According to drinkdetectiveusa.com, the test is fast and extremely simple. With Ketamine and GHB, all it takes is one drop of your drink of any kind on the center of the testing pad. If the pad changes to to a completely different color then your drink, it has been hit with the drug. This kit also tests for the drug Benzodiazepines, which is commonly known as a sleeping pill or a tranquillizer. To use the drink detective kit for this drug, you have to drop four drops of your drink onto the paper. If one line appears, that indicates that you should take caution.

Kim Carroll, the YWCA’s victim services director, creates an interesting point of view when questioning this product.

“Do the test strips provide women with an unreasonable sense of security?” she asks. “Are there bars that would distribute them without fear of turning off customers? And what about women using common sense about with whom they drink?”

Junior Mary Dains said that she would be more leery in an establishment that sold the strips.

“If I was at a bar where they sold the Drink Detective, I would be a lot more cautious while I was there because I would get the impression that kind of thing has happened before at that particular place,” Dains said. “I would definitely buy it and keep it in my purse for when I go out, but I wouldn’t use it unless I really suspected something.”

The whole concept of this product is good and useful, but will it sell?

“It’s impossible to know how many women will whip out their amateur chemistry kits at the bar when it becomes available at drug stores next year,” Brown said. “But, fraternities and sororities, as well as women’s centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, are encouraging the distribution of Drink Detectives.”

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 70,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape annually. With the drink detective, students will have another option for precaution while still enjoying themselves.

Did you know?
According to e-drinkdetective.com, Drink Detective can test for over 60 drugs and can be purchased for $12.50 for two drink testers.

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