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Nail Polish May Detect Date Rape Drugs

August 26, 2014

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VALLEY STREAM, NY – A new nail polish that detects date rape drugs when dipped into a drink is a helpful tool for people to prevent sexual assaults, but people should also realize that alcohol itself lowers someone’s inhibitions, a New York emergency medicine physician says.

“I think this is an interesting concept and interesting product to help assist a person in protecting his or her self from drug-assisted sexual assault, but there are limitations to the use of this product,” says Sanjey Gupta, MD, chairman of emergency medicine at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. “The most common date rape drug is alcohol.”

Dr. Gupta advises people not to let their drink out of their sight and to be with people who they trust.
“Then maybe with the utilization of these straws, coasters or nail polish, these can add a little extra level of protection but should never be considered a tool that’s going to protect you 100 percent,” Dr. Gupta says.

Some signs that you may have had a date rape drug include:
• Getting too intoxicated too quickly
• Dizziness
• Amnesia
• Becoming disoriented
• Losing inhibitions
• Weakness
 

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