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Drink Spiking: How Drink Coasters Can Test for Date Rape Drugs

There have been increased reports of drug use in recent years.  Drugs and alcohol are often combined together and violent acts or sexual assaults often occur because of this.

Some drugs are called “date rape drugs” because they have pharmacological properties and can bring about amnesia. These drugs are used on an unsuspecting victim and then an assault takes place.

These “date rape drugs” are often added to alcoholic drinks at a club or bar to spike the drink. The person is either robbed or they are sexually assaulted as they are under the influence of the drug and cannot respond to the assault. Many don’t report the incident until days later and often not at all.

There is more awareness of this problem and an inventor who created a drink coaster says he can detect whether or not a beverage has been spiked with these date rape drugs.

Understanding Drink Spike Coasters

These coaster look like a regular coaster or beer mat but they have two areas on them that can be used for testing. The person using the coaster can test for the drugs Ketamine and GHB which are common date rape drugs. They are also available as Date Rape Drug Test Strips, these tests are the same as the coasters but are credit card sized to allow them to be easily carried in a handbag or wallet.

How Do these Coasters Work?

These coasters are very easy to use and even if you’re impaired with alcohol you can still use them. All that is required is that you dab a drop of liquid on the coaster with your finger or a straw and then rub it in gently. You need to let a few minutes pass so the liquid dries and then the spot turns blue. This could be an indication that there are drugs in your drink.

Is this a gimmick or a real solution to date rape?

The coaster does detect Ketamine and GHB but doesn’t work with every drink type. The coaster doesn’t work with drinks that have fruit juice, wine, tonic water, oily liquors, or milk products such as a Kahlua. Darker drinks with cola also pose a problem. The blue is hard to detect in a dark nightclub setting. Since there are limitations, not all drinks can be tested with the coasters.

One police force conducted a study and found that there are over 20 date rape drugs being used currently. The coasters can’t check for one of the notorious drugs called Rohypnol used in date rape. Drink spike test kits that check for Rohypnol are available elsewhere though.

What else can a person do?

You need a good education on the date rape drugs on the current market. You need to know the effects of these drugs and what they look like. You should go to clubs and bars with friends and have them watch your drink when you are up dancing or talking with someone. If you have any symptoms like drowsiness or dizziness you should leave the club immediate and find a safe area. Only accept a drink from the waiter or bartender and watch them make it. Never take a drink from a stranger no matter what.

These coasters do work and it’s better than nothing but it is not complete security for your drink. You need to be alert and use the buddy system so everyone stays safe when you’re out socialising.

Image courtesy of Paul @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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