A British businessman has developed a product that helps people test drinks they think might have been drugged, or 'spiked'. This happens if one person slips drugs the glass another person. The drinker then loses self-control and is often the victim rape, sexual assault or theft. The new product is called Test Your Drink and was invented entrepreneur Gary Bates. It is a small kit that contains six sheets test paper that you can dip your drink to test drugs that are commonly used to spike drinks, like Ketamine and GHB. Both these substances are also known as 'date rape drugs' as they put the drinker a deep, unconscious state and disrupt their memories.
Drink spiking is a growing problem the world and is a lot more common than many people think. It is a particular concern young women, although to 20 per cent victims are men. Studies the UK, USA and Australia show that between 10 and 25 per cent female college students have been bought a drink that was spiked or had a drink that someone spiked. Mr Bates had advice anyone concerned about these predatory drugs. He said: "Our message is, 'Don't leave your drinks unattended'. If you are worried that something might have happened, [the Test Your Drink kit] will give you peace mind." The product will soon be available to purchase a price approximately $1.65 pack.