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Local Company Invents Way To Detect Date Rape Drugs In Drinks (page 2)

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV
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“I went to the bar to get my first drink of the night and not long after that, it started to feel much like my 15th drink.”

Drinking that tainted cocktail is what inspired Abramson to start DrinkSavvy, Inc. They are developing cups, straws, and stirrers that can detect the presence of these so called predator drugs.

Michael Abramson decided to create Drink Savvy after he was slipped a drug in his drink. (Credit: WBZ-TV)

Michael Abramson decided to create Drink Savvy after he was slipped a drug in his drink. (Credit: WBZ-TV)

When these drugs come in contact with their products, sensing strips change color to warn the drinker that something about their cocktail has changed.

Abramson worked with scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to develop this technology. He says it is not expensive.

“The costs will be very competitive with normal drink ware that the clubs and bars are already using so there shouldn’t be any financial disincentive not to really swap out their entire plastic cups straws and glasses for DrinkSavvy straws and glasses.”

A Back Bay bar will start testing DrinkSavvy this fall, and these products are expected to be widely available early next year.

Testing strips on glassware is targeted for 2015.

This rollout is all part of Abramson’s larger goal.

“That can prevent at least one drug facilitated sexual assault from happening, and I think that would make this an incredible success.”

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