High School Girls Invent Straw Capable Of Detecting Date Rape Drugs

The innovative straw detects traces of the most popular forms of date rape drugs, including roofies (Rohypnol), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and ketamine (Special K).


When a female in high school or college attends a party, she has more to worry about than what she?ll wear. That’s because 1 in 5 women in the U.S. is a victim of rape, according to the CDC. In result, any young individual should be wary of drinks that are handed to them as they might contain date rape drugs. Thanks to a group of high school girls, however, it will soon be easier than ever for women and?men?to determine whether or not their drinks have been spiked with substances that might?result in them being sexually assaulted.

For their entrepreneurship class, high school students Victoria Roca, Susana Cappello, and Carolina Baigorri developed a one-of-a-kind straw capable of determining whether or not a drink has been drugged. The females attend Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida, and are optimistic the invention will prevent thousands of rapes from occurring in the future.

?Being young women, I feel like this is a problem that we hear about a lot, especially when we came to high school,? Baigorri toldInside Edition.

According to 22Words, the innovative straw detects traces of the most popular forms of date rape drugs, including roofies (Rohypnol), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and ketamine (Special K). When exposed to one of these drugs, the end of the straw turns blue. An added benefit is that the straws are eco-friendly.

The girls are quick to admit the straw won?t stop all rapes from occurring but feel it will help lower the amount that does?occur.

?We know it?s not a solution because it can?t end rape, but we were hoping to lower the amount of rape and dangerous situations you might be in through drugs,? Baigorri added.

The invention is presently being patented so it can be marketed and sold in markets around the world. The team is also looking into setting up a crowd-funding campaign to fund the project.

Victoria Roca, Susana Cappello, and Carolina Baigorri?are high school students fighting date rape.

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They invented a straw capable of detecting date rape drugs.

Credit: Inside Edition

The invention can detect traces of the most popular forms of date rape drugs, including roofies (Rohypnol), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and ketamine (Special K).

Credit: Inside Edition

When exposed to one of these drugs, the end of the straw turns blue.

Credit: Inside Edition

?It can?t end rape, but we were hoping to lower the amount of rape and dangerous situations you might be in through drugs,? said Baigorri.

The students present their invention in the video below:

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