LSU students react to beauty product that could prevent sexual assault
POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 4:28pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 4:03pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — You're out at a bar or club with a group of girlfriends, you turn your head, only for a moment, to say hi to someone...and sadly that's all the time it takes for your drink to be spiked with a date rape drug.
Captain Cory Lalonde with the LSU Police says, "even if you lose sight of it for a few seconds, throw it away and get a new one."
Now, four male North Carolina State University students are looking to even the playing field by giving women the chance to take matters into their own hands.
A female LSU student believes that "a lot of times a lot of girls aren't aware of what's being put in their drinks and I don't think I know anybody who would want to be a victim of that."
These entrepreneurs are developing a nail polish that changes shades when it detects drugs associated with date rape. Women who wear the polish can swirl their finger in their drink to test it.
"I would totally use it because it would prevent me from being in a bad situation" says another female LSU student.
"It seems like it is a very good tool to add to that toolbox of preventative measures" adds Captain Lalonde.
Their startup company, Undercover Colors, is already receiving a lot of buzz. They won an eleven thousand dollar prize from a campus contest and secured a one hundred thousand dollar investment. Their next step, ensuring their product does what it promises.
Undercover Colors is currently in the beginning stages of development. Their main priority is creating a product that tests for a comprehensive set of drugs before they release it.