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Scientists Invent Date Rape Drug Detector

August 6, 2011 by Post Team 

Scientists Invent Date Rape Drug DetectorScientists Invent Date Rape Drug Detector, Israeli scientists say they have developed a sensor that can accurately detect whether a drink has been fortified with date rape drugs, reports say.

Professor Fernando Patolsky and Dr. Michael Ioffe’s school at the University of Tel Aviv in chemistry, for example the sensor, which could resemble a straw or a stirrer in the final production can be immersed in the drink determine whether the drink has been fortified.

The device absorbs a small drop of the drink and puts it in contact with the chemical formula Patolsky patented and designed by Ioffe.

“It shows a very small volume of the drink and the mixture with a test solution causes a chemical reaction that makes the solution cloudy or colored, depending on the drug,” said Fernando Patolsky.

The test results will be easy to read and there will be no need for the strip light.

“We have not decided how you will know,” Ioffe said. “It may simply turn on, or part of it will turn or maybe send a signal to your cell phone because you want to be discreet about that,” Ioffe said, according to NY Daily News.

The sensor detects the two drugs currently most common date rape, GHB (gamma-hydrobuxybutyric acid) and ketamine. However, scientists hope to add Rohypnal, also known as “roofies” to the list this year.

The researchers randomly selected 50 drinks from a range of ccktails and blind tested them with a solution developed. They say that the detection was 100 percent accurate.

Patolsky Ioffe and recognize that ensuring a fast, affordable and reliable is not easy. But consider that the prevention of date rape is very necessary. The sensor should cost less than one drink and could be used multiple times, said Patolsky. Patolsky detector is expected to be sold through bars and pharmacies.

The team is seeking financial support so they can bring the first group of sensors for the market in less than a year and a half.

This is not the first time sensor date rape drugs were invented. According to the magazine New Scientist, British Diagnostics Company in 2001 SureScreen Dipitin introduced, a strip that can be dipped into a drink for the presence of Rohypnol, but not GHB. Then in 2004, another British company introduced the detector drink, which also allegedly revealed the presence of “roofies” in a drink, and in 2006, Andrea Holms chemical Nebraska also reportedly working on developing a “roofies’ detector, reports the Huffington Post.

However, the date of detectors rape drug are not very reliable because they spike the drinks usually find ways to get around the tests, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration told the AP in 2002, adds the report.

Rape drug refers to a drug that can be used to assist in the implementation of a sexual assault. They may have sedative, hypnotic effects, or dissociative amnesia, and can be added to a food or beverage without the knowledge of the victim. Some popular date rape drugs are GHB and benzodiazepines such as flunitrazepam (Rohypnol or roofies).

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, an estimated one in six women will be sexually assaulted in their lives, 73 percent of those who know their attackers. U.S. Data Department of Justice reports that in 2007, almost 200,000 women were raped in the United States the use of date rape drugs, but only 16 percent reported the incident, HealthNews said.

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