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This Liquid Turns Drinks Orange In The Presence Of Date Rape Drug GHB

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed the first fluorescent sensor for the date rape drug γ-Hydroxybutyric acid, more commonly known as "GHB." The liquid, when mixed with a beverage spiked with GHB, causes the drink to turn bright orange in color.

Not as elegant as, say, a straw that changes color in the presence of GHB, Rohypnol, and Ketamine – but a potentially promising protective measure, nonetheless.

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Pontifex (G/O Fuck yourself, Spanfe||er)

Sounds nice, but does it affect the taste of the drink? If so, I'd imagine the effectiveness of the countermeasure would be limited; if you're suspicious enough to test it, you might as well just throw the drink out. I guess you could put a little in a small cup and test it, but that would take additional effort (which would probably seem like too much work to be troubled with once you've had a few drinks).