Three Miami Teens Invent Smart Straw That Detect Date Rape Drugs

Victoria Roca, Susana Cappello, and Carolina Baigorri, students at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida developed Smart Straws. This groundbreaking invention detects commonly rape drugs.

The teens won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge High School Track. They turn heads with this brilliant invention and, that no team in their school had ever won before.

The ‘Smart Straws’ contain strips that turn blue at the tip when coming in contact with a drink that contains Rohypnol, gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), or Ketamine, the most common drugs dropped in victims’ drinks.

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The idea for the straws emerged after Cappello heard students were victims of the date rape drug at her sister’s university. Roca also told Inside Edition that she was struck by the fact that date rape drugs are sometimes used by sex traffickers.

“My friends and I knew we needed to come up with a simple solution to test for drugs,” said Cappello in an interview with A Plus.

I remember my dad always says, ‘The best ideas are the ideas that help people,’ so we just thought of a simple, easy, inexpensive solution—Smart Straws.

According to Glamour, one in five women will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. And a report done by Department of Justice report, shows 4.2 percent of victims receive date rape drugs.

Those overwhelming statistics are the reason behind the teens’ brilliant idea. Susana also said, “Rapes assisted by drugs or alcohol are all too common. We just want to give any gender a simple tool to protect themselves.”

“We were really passionate about this so we kept on pursuing it”

These teens have ambitious plans for ‘Smart Straws’ and are hoping to develop a patent and begin a crowd fund soon. The hope for the future of these straws if for them to be distributed in colleges, bars, and clubs.

Of course the fight to prevent sexual assault will be a long one, but these straws could get us one step closer.

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