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article imageStudents invent a spiked drink test to help prevent drug rape

By Kimberley Pollock     Apr 11, 2011 in Crime
Four Danish students from Svendborg Gymnasium on Funen have invented a glucose test that indicates whether a drink has been spiked with drugs. It changes colour based on the presence of unknown chemicals.
The four girls say they were inspired to invent something when a girl in their area was raped after drinking a spiked beer, reports the Copenhagen Post.
The girls have called their invention the ‘Drugstick’ and say that it works by detecting the glucose additives that are present in the drugs that may be added to a drink.
According to the Copenhagen Post, the Drugstick has had a positive response from club owners in the area. In the report Jesper Pedersen, who owns the Crazy Daisy night club in Svendborg, said, “I think bars should have these lying around. As a parent I also think it's great that you can send your kids out and feel safer about it.”
The girls teacher was so impressed with their invention that he selected them to enter the high school inventors’ challenge Science Cup Denmark. They have won their regional round and will now compete in May at the national final in Copenhagen.
The Copenhagen Post also reports that the four girls are considering approaching the bio-tech firm Novozymes about production options for the Drugstick.
According to the UK National Health Service (NHS) website, it is unlikely that those consuming a spiked drink will be able to see, taste or smell any difference, which makes a test very attractive. There are other spiked drink tests on the market but the NHS website says that these are not always accurate and may not test for all drugs.
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