New Cups Help Detect Date Rape Drugs

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(Memphis) Always watch your drink. It's a lesson from party safety 101.

"You always keep your drinks in check make sure they are covered," Ashley McWhorter said.

Because with music pumping and drinks flowing, someone could slip something in your cup.

It happened to Mike Abramson.

"You wake up the next morning without any type of memory and you start to think about what could have happened," Abramson said. "It's literally as if you are instantly drunk but way more intoxicated than you ever thought possible."

So Abramson is fighting back against date rape drugs with technology.

He's starting a new line called DrinkSavvy.

It includes a line of cups, glasses, straws and stirrers.

They change colors or patterns when one of the of common "date-rape" drugs GHB, Ketamine, or Rohypnol is poured into a beverage.

Abramson wants them used in bars across the country.

"The ingenuity it took to come up with a cup is really good," Dottie Jones with the Shelby County Rape Crisis Center said.

She said her agency sees dozens of people a year who had drugs slipped into their drink, most of them women who are then raped.

"We get reports all the time women come in all the time and say I just don't remember what happened," she said.

She's hopeful these cups catch on.

"I think the cups are a great idea, but one of the things is the restaurant industry has to buy into the cups.

Some bars we spoke with say they're skeptical and worry the cups could turn customers away.

But Paula and Raiford's owner sees potential.

"I think it's a great idea," Paula said. "It gives you a choice to be safe because there is a lot of that going around."

Paula prides herself on customer safety, "It also lets me know what's going on in my bar."

So, if it's cost-effective, she'll be buying it.

"The quantity you get and the cost. You want to be able to offer it to everybody."
She'll be eager to bring them to her club for her customers.

"Not only feel safe and comfortable but I know they are taken care of in a different way.

The price has not been determined yet, but Abramson said it will be competitive with normal drink ware.

Making sure your night out doesn't turn into a real life nightmare.

The cups and straws won't be available to bars until mid 2014.

For more information on the new products click on the link below.
http://drinksavvyinc.com/

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