High School Students Invent Straw Which Detects Date Rape Drugs

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Three high school students have developed a straw that will detect the most common date rape drugs in people’s drinks.

Susana Cappello, Victoria Roca and Carolina Baigorri developed their ground breaking straw  at at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami during one of their entrepreneurship classes.

The teens came up with the idea after realising what a problem rape is in society.

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Roca told InsideEdition.com

It’s a straw. It has two test strips so if you put it into a drink, it will determine whether it’s drugged or not. If it is drugged, the strip will turn to a navy colour.

Baigorri explained that as young women they were startled at how common rape was, adding that statistics say one in every five women will be raped, and they wanted to do what they could to lower that number.

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The prototype they made detects the most common date rape drugs including; Rohypnol, liquid ecstasy and ketamine.

A patent for their design is currently pending and the three hope to market the straws to college students and supply them at bars, clubs, and restaurants.


Tom Percival

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