‘Date Rape’ Drug Is Now Detectable By a Fluorescent Sensor

This is for all the ladies out there (occasionally guys too) but mostly for the ladies. The last thing we want to think about when we’re out at the bar having a good time with our friends is the safety of our beverages when we imbibe. Whether it’s the drink bought for you by the seemingly nice guy (or girl) who’s been eyeing you from across the room, or that few minutes you set down your Jack and Coke to go to the bathroom. The unfortunate reality is that some drinks get tampered with for a variety of different reasons, all of which are no good.

Martini getting it perfect isnt easy ‘Date Rape’ Drug Is Now Detectable By a Fluorescent Sensor

Whenever I go out; as a general rule of thumb I never leave my drink unattended unless it is with a trusted friend, and I do not accept drinks from anyone unless it is handed to me by the bartender. Even when taking these precautions there is still a chance that something dangerous may find itself into your drink.Thanks to scientific advances, we may all be able to breathe a sigh of relief when going for a night out on the town. According to an article in Time Magazine written by Eliana Dockterman (3/31/2014) , scientific researchers at the National University of Singapore have synthesized a liquid compound that creates a luminous fluorescent reaction when it comes into contact with Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid commonly known as GHB or the “date-rape” drug.

GHB 1 ‘Date Rape’ Drug Is Now Detectable By a Fluorescent SensorAlthough paper test strips are available for detecting GHB, researchers state that the efficacy of this method for detecting GHB will be greater because the results will be instant and there will be little confusion regarding a positive or negative result due to the visibility of the reaction. Researchers at the National University of Singapore are working on development for marketing and distribution of this potentially life-saving product.

Written by: @markconti2