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New wristband can detect 'date rape' drug and we need it in NZ asap

News 18/04/2019

A new wristband is available in Germany, designed to detect the 'date rape' drug.

Named 'Xantus', the bracelet was invented by student Kim Eisenmann after her friend was drugged and assaulted - and now she's determined to do her part in preventing date rape.

The recycleable wristband can detect the most common date rape drug, GHB. All you have to do is secure the wristband (it's similar to most paper wristbands you'd get at a gig or festival), stir your drink, then dab some of the liquid onto one of the two test areas. After waiting 2 minutes, if the test area turns blue your drink has tested positive for GHB. 

GHB and Rohypnol (roofies) are colourless, tasteless and virtually impossible drugs to detect before the side effects kick in, which is why they're so commonly used by predators as date rape drugs. This is why this bracelet is such an important development - you shouldn't have to worry about what's in your drink while you're out having a good time. 

As well as actually detecting the drug, the wristbands also offer preventative protection - offenders will be put off from slipping something in your drink if you're wearing one. It also serves as a reminder because every time you see it on your wrist you'll be reminded to be careful and aware. 

We are so on board with these, and hope they get the funding they need to make it worldwide - safer gigs together everyone. 

For our mates in the UK you can buy them here