Drink Spiking: How Can You Protect Yourself?

Here's a quick round up to help give you peace of mind.

As many as 4500 people have their drinks spiked in Australia each year, while 40 per cent of unsuspecting victims are sexually assaulted.

Statistics such as those above from the Australian Institute of Criminology have inspired the creation of tools that can alert you if your drink has been spiked.

Here's a quick round up to help give you peace of mind.

Image: Undercover Color
Sip Safe Wristband

Earlier this year, Y&R Melbourne, a creative agency, teamed up with Monash University to launch the 'Sip Safe' band, which works similiar to Undercover Color.

Using a drop of a drink, the simple wristband will turn blue if the drink has been spiked.

The wristband was the brainchild of Y&R, and was originally targeted at Schoolies, who were a "captive audience" Jonathan Clow, Y&R Client Service Director.

"It's not weird for young people to wear wristbands, it's like at a festival, and it is highly cost effective," he told ten daily.

By wearing the wristband, not only are people able to test their drinks, it acts as a deterrent and also raises awareness Clow said.

The wristbands have been highly successful, with high interest around the world.

"We've had orders from 27 countries," Clow said.

EZ TEst

EZ Test Australia provide testing kits that can be used for all types of drugs, and are small enough to slip into a small wallet or pocket.

After putting drink into the tube, the drink will change colour if drugs are detected.

Image: EZ Test Australia

The testing kits are relatively cheap for the peace of mind they provide, and retails for $8.75, or $32.95 for a pack of five.

'Undercover Color'

Some potentially life-saving tools are not yet available in Australia.

In the fight against drink spiking, a U.S. startup company 'Undercover Color' began developing a tool hat can detect drugs two years agi,

The small discs, which can be carried on keys with a key ring attachment, work much like a pregnancy test.

By placing a drop of a drink on the liquid port, one line will appear on the small screen if drugs are detected.

So how can Australian's protect themselves from drink spiking?

Contact the author at jdunne@networkten.com.au

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