Drug rape test ‘buys you false confidence’
- By: Nadeeja Koralage, Chibuzo Odigwe
A drink testing device to be on sale “in every place where condoms are sold” has been criticised by experts for promoting a false sense of security. The matchbox sized Drink Detective, priced at £3.95 ($7.10; €5.90), detects ketamine; benzodiazepines, such as flunitrazepam (Rohypnol); and * hydroxy-butyrate (GHB), which marketers Bloomsbury Innovations, say are associated with drug rape.
The user puts a droplet of the suspect drink on to each of three sensitive patches, before waiting about 20 seconds for a result. The test works on most drinks, but not those containing orange juice, tomato juice, or milk, where it may give a false positive reading.
But Ian Hindmarch, professor of psychopharmacology at Surrey University, said he thought the product should be “taken off the market.”
“There are 40 or 50 drugs associated with assault, most of which you can buy over the counter. The thing that astounds me is