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Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that one in six women will be sexually assault in her lifetime, with 73 percent of victims knowing their assailants. Now ABC reports that Israeli scientists have developed a sensor that looks like a straw or a stirrer that can detect two of the most commonly used date rape drugs with 100 percent accuracy. "It samples a very small volume of the drink and mixes it with a testing solution," says Fernando Patolsky, chemistry professor at Tel Aviv University and co-creator of the device. "That causes a chemical reaction that makes the solution cloudy or colored, depending on the drug." The reaction then turns on a tiny red light, alerting users in even the dingiest bars to ditch the drink. Patolsky says the device should cost less than a drink and could be used multiple times until it reacts with a drug. It currently detects GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and ketamine but the team hopes to add Rohypnal — "roofies" — to the list within the year. "Preventing it is the best thing to do," says Patolsky, who has three young daughters. "I hope it will be sold in bars, in pharmacies." Other detection systems already on the market include the Drinksafe coaster, the drink detective, and a lip gloss that doubles as a date-rape drug tester."
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