DrinkSavvy has developed a special glass and straw that will help to prevent drug-facilitated sexual assaults and other abuses
“It must’ve been something in my drink” – this is the most common excuse provided by the numerous people whom the day after a drug or alcohol abuse, wake up in a room of an hospital. However, sometimes this is not just an excuse. It is very common that somebody may try to use illicit substances to drug a girl and try to abuse of her. In 90% of sexual assault cases that occur on college campuses, alcohol is involved and, sometimes, more than just alcohol. In the ’90s, the date rape drugs gained notoriety and have been a source of anxiety for parents and students.The risk is particularly high, due to the fact that often those substances are completely tasteless and odorless.
For this reason, Drinksavvy Inc. has developed a tester for drugs integrated in glasses or straws. The project has been successfully financed by a fundraising on Indiegogo which provided the company with $50,000. The products are sensitive to the most commonly-used date rape drugs — GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine — and turn red in response to their presence.Michael Abramson, the founder of DrinkSavvy, is a former engineering student whose investment in the issue of sexual assault is personal.“Why do I care so much? Over the past three years, three close friends and myself have been unwittingly exposed to these drugs,” he says. “With over one million cases, someone close to you could come in contact with date rape drugs.”