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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wired Searches Out Roofie-Detection Devices

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Don't get roofied: Discreetly dip one of these in your cocktail.
  • Don't get roofied: Discreetly dip one of these in your cocktail.

In the wake of last weekend's horrifying roofie-rape report -- a woman visiting San Francisco was drugged at a bar downtown and awoke in a man's bedroom in the Sunset -- Wired has published a primer on roofies (GHB, K, Rohypnol) and roofie-protection devices.

Did you know that rohypnol has been reformulated to turn drinks blue? (Hint: never accept a curaçao-tinted drink from strangers). Some of the protection devices are caps you clip on to the mouth of a bottle, while others resemble James Bond gadgets. There are coasters that turn color when wet with a roofie-spiked liquid, testing strips that fit inside a lip-gloss container, and tiny police-designed GHB tests. The first two seem simple enough to slip into a bag or pocket and use when drunk. Better still, if the test comes back negative you get to finish your free drink.

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