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New Test Could Make Date Rape Drugs Extinct

Scientists have developed a 30-second test that turns any GHB-tainted drink a bright, fluorescent orange.

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By Bryan Le

04/02/14

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For anyone thinking they can use date rape drugs and get away with it, they have a surprise waiting in store for them.

Scientists at the University of Singapore have developed a way to instantly test drinks for GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid). When mixed into a beverage, the test turns a GHB-laden drink a bright, fluorescent orange. What a victim does to the creep who has tainted their drink remains to be seen.

The test, which takes about 30 seconds to deliver results, is "faster, simpler and more obvious" than any other similar tests today, claim researchers. GHB is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, so it's often mixed into alcoholic drinks by those with bad intentions. In some cases, GHB can even cause seizures.

Researchers hope to have their testing kits in stores later this year, but no details on what the kits would look like or exactly how they would work have been revealed. But they assure us that the test kits will be discreet enough to be used in the open, lest they offend an honest suitor. Despite the test's promise, researchers are uncertain whether or not their test works on Rohypnol, or roofies, but they are working on it.

In the meantime, concerned bar patrons can purchase rape drug test coasters to test their drinks before this new kit is released.

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