NC college students create nail polish to help protect women from date rape

NC college students create nail polish to help protect women from date rape (Image 1)
NC college students create nail polish to help protect women from date rape (Image 1)

Students in the Materials Science & Engineering department at North Carolina State University teamed up to invent a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date-rape drugs. Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB often go undetected because they are often odorless and colorless. Rohypnol, used to be in white tablet form but recently it’s been formulated as to be green with a blue core. The manufacturer made the change to try and identify tampered drinks at clubs. But generic versions of Rohypnol may not contain the blue dye. The drugs can cause partial amnesia and can be used to facilitate sexual assaults.

The nail polish, called “Undercover Colors” changes color when it comes into contact with date-rape drugs so the hope is they stir their drinks with their finger and if their nail polish changes color, it signals a problem.

The marketing behind the new product is “The First Fashion Company Empowering Women To Prevent Sexual Assault.”

The nail polish caught the eye of an investor who paid out $100,000 at the K50 Startup Showcase for the product demo of Undercover Colors.

They also won $11,250 from a contest held by North Carolina State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.



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