Test Your Drink for Date Rape Drugs with this Device

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

In the United States, someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes. What’s more, one out of every four women between her late teens and early twenties will become a victim of date rape or attempted date rape.

A large number – approximately 25 percent – of these sexual assaults take place after an incapacitating date rape drug is unknowingly added to a drink. Known as drink spiking, this devious act usually takes place in crowded clubs, restaurants, or bars – where a perpetrator’s actions can likely go unnoticed. That’s why a group of designers decided it was time to create a tech device that could quickly alert people if there’s a little something extra in their drinks.

The Personal Drink ID is Born

Founder J. David Wilson wanted to make sure the Personal Drink ID – or pd.id for short – was small, discreet, and most importantly, accurate. With those qualities in mind, his team borrowed from technology that’s currently being used by some of the best and brightest minds of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The device uses a light spectrum to analyze the molecular components found in a drink.
The pd.id device is no bigger than a pack of gum and can be discreetly carried just about anywhere. It works by absorbing a very small sample of your drink, then performing a fairly complex set of tests on the liquid. The device uses a light spectrum to analyze the molecular components found in a drink. In addition to a light spectrum, the pd.id also uses current and temperature readings to analyze the drink’s content.

So, How do You Use the Device?

Whenever you’re in a crowded establishment, having drinks with someone you don’t know very well, or you’ve momentarily left your beverage unattended, reach for the pd.id. Just dunk the device in your drink and, if it has been spiked, the pd.id will light up.

You can also sync the pd.id device with your smartphone. This feature allows you to receive either a text message or phone call, should there be a dangerous date rape drug detected in your drink. In some instances, the device can even tell you the specific drug that is in your beverage.

Facts About Date Rape Drugs

Though alcoholic beverages are the most commonly spiked, sticking to non-alcoholic drinks isn’t a surefire way to protect yourself. Date rape drugs are usually tasteless, odorless, and colorless. They’re also easily blended with most liquids, making the drugs an easy tool to facilitate sexual assault.

The most commonly used date rape drugs are:

Learn more about Personal Drink ID on the Indiegogo fundraising page.

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