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College students create nail polish to help protect women from date rape

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The company advertises themselves as "Nail Polish that Changes Color in the Presence of Date Rape Drugs from the First Fashion Company Working to Prevent Sexual Assault" (PHOTO: Undercover Colors Facebook Page) The company advertises themselves as "Nail Polish that Changes Color in the Presence of Date Rape Drugs from the First Fashion Company Working to Prevent Sexual Assault" (PHOTO: Undercover Colors Facebook Page)
RALEIGH, N.C. - Students from North Carolina State University say they've invented a nail polish that will help women know when they've come in contact with date-rape drugs. 


The four students from the Materials Science & Engineering program have called the nail polish, "Undercover Colors." The polish will change color when it comes in contact with date-rape drugs. So if a woman is wearing the polish, they would stir their drink with their finger, and if the polish changes color, then it has come in contact with a date-rape drug. 


Most date-rape drugs, such as Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB go undetected because they are often odorless and colorless. The drugs can cause partial amnesia, making victims more vulnerable to assaults. Some pharmaceutical companies have made changes to their drugs in an attempt to curb date-rape. Rohypnol for instance used to be in a white tablet form, but the manufacturer recently changed it to be green with a blue core, so it would be easier to identify tampered drinks. However generic versions of these drugs may not contain the blue dye. 


The nail polish has been generating a lot of buzz as it's being marketed as "The First Fashion Company Empowering Women to Prevent Sexual Assault." The students have already had an investor shell out $100,000 to showcase the product and they've also won $11,250 from a contest held by North Carolina State's Entrepreneurship Initiative. 


To find out more about Undercover Colors, visit their Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/undercovercolors/info

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