In the society we live in today, “roofies” or “date rape drug” are all too common.
The drug Rohypnol is a central nervous system depressant and is used to treat severe insomnia in some countries. It is illegal to manufacture or sell flunitrazepam (rohyponol’s trade name) in the United States.
According to Drugs.com, Rohypnol’s effects include sedation, muscle relaxation, reduction in anxiety, and prevention of convulsions. However, Rohypnol’s sedative effects are approximately 7 to 10 times stronger than Valium. The effects of Rohypnol appear 15 to 20 minutes after administration and last approximately four to six hours. Some residual effects can be found 12 hours or more after administration. Since the 1990’s, Rohypnol has been used illegally to lessen the depression caused by the abuse of stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, and also as an aid for sexual assault. The so-called “date-rape drug” was placed unknowingly in the drinks of victims, often at a bar or party (“club drug”). Due to the strong amnesia produced by the drug, victims would have limited or no recollection of the assault.
Four young men decided to do something about it and came up with a brilliant idea. The idea would allow women and men to discretely figure out if they’re being drugged.
The men developed a nail polish that could detect if a drink had been spiked or not. All one has to do is dip their fingertip into their drink. If the nail polish doesn’t change, you’re in the clear, if it changes colors, you have been “roofied.”
The nail polish hasn’t been released for mass consumption yet, but there are plans for it to be released in the future.
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