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These Teens Invented a Straw That Can Help Detect Date Rape Drugs

In today's "women who kick serious ass" news, three high school students from Miami have invented a straw that could help people find out if their drinks have been spiked. (Related: Three Ways to Protect Yourself From Sexual Assault)

Susana Cappello, Caroline Baigorri, and Victoria Roca won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge after coming up with a way to address a serious problem. "We were really passionate about this so we kept on pursuing it," Susana told the Herald. "Our goal is to reduce the [date rape] statistics."

Dubbed the Smart Straw, the invention is built to detect two of the most common drugs used to intoxicate victims—ketamine and GHB. Both these drugs have no taste, smell, or color, making them nearly impossible to detect. That's where this straw comes in: It turns blue if either one of the drugs is mixed in a drink. If it doesn't change color and stays yellow, that means the drink is safe to consume.

They told the Herald that they designed their test in the form of a straw because they knew that even though there are other drug testing kits out there, none can be used in a social setting. The girls even polled college students to see if they would use this invention, and 85 percent of the women said yes.

There are still other drugs that are used to impair people's judgment, so looking after your drink is still best practice, but we're pretty damn proud of these three ladies for making moves that help women protect themselves against rape.

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