• Mon, Dec 10 2012

Sad To Need, Amazing To Have: Drinkware That Changes Color According To Date Rape Drug Presence

DrinkSavvy blue drink

Have you ever been to a bar and received a drink from an odd acquaintance or some other sketchzilla? Most of the time, spontaneous beverage offers are safe to accept, but considering just how many substances are obtainable for use by terrible human beings, as well as the horrible impact accompanying incidents involving date rape drugs, it just feels safer to say no. And even then, you can still turn away from your drink for a second and have it spiked, making it really difficult to not stress out about your safety constantly. Science to the rescue!

Enter DrinkSavvy, a start-up founded by Mike Abramson that aims to help protect people against date rape drugs. Alongside professor of chemistry Dr. John MacDonald, DrinkSavvy has created plastic cups, straws and glassware that change colors according to the presence of roofie-type substances, which are typically odorless, colorless and tasteless (thereby making them otherwise undetectable).

DrinkSavvy glassware

Um, how awesome is this? According to their Indiegogo page, they have set their ambitions high:

While DrinkSavvy’s initial goal is to perfect our design to make our products available online and free to select rape crisis centers, DrinkSavvy’s ultimate goal is to use the success of this campaign to convince bars, clubs, and colleges to make DrinkSavvy the new safety standard and eventually make drug-facilitated sexual assault a crime of the past.

Honestly, my initial reaction was to be a little upset that somebody hadn’t created this sooner–like, when roofies started becoming widely used as a tool by sexual predators–but c’est la vie. What matters is that this is able to be created now. Even if DrinkSavvy somehow doesn’t work out (I’m hoping it does, though), hopefully this will put the anti-rape product idea on the map for other companies.

As Jezebel writer Laura Beck noted, it is incredibly fucked up that we live in a world where the development of drinkware that combats date rape drugs (and therefore date rape) is a big, wonderful deal. But this is the world we live in, so it seems I’ve finally found an Indiegogo campaign I’ll actually contribute to. Check it out:

If you’d like to inquire more about Drinksavvy’s anti-roofie goals, go to Indiegogo for further info and ways to contribute.

[Jezebel]

Photos: Zanastardust/Flickr and Indiegogo

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  • Nat

    This is awesome! It would be cool if colleges would give away these cups for parties/tailgates etc. Especially because it is so common for someone else to get a drink for you at a party, or to lose track of it, etc. College kids are notoriously cheap, so free anything works, and if the free thing can prevent rape… that’s awesome.