Miami teens’ invention identifies date rape drugs

Thanks to three enterprising Miami teens, a major step has been made in addressing the problem of date rape.

According to the USA Today, 17-year-old Susana Capello and business partners from her entrepreneurial class at Gulliver Prep School in Miami, Florida, Victoria Roca and Carolina Baigorri teamed up to create Smart Straws, a “straw that helps combat date rape through detected common drugs in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks by simply turning blue.”

After being the only few girls in their class, Capello said the team was both inspired and (at first) intimidated by their unique position.

“I was first intimidated because the way the boys in our class pitched was incredible,” Cappello said, according to USA Today. “But since they had really good pitches and really good business ideas, it made us motivated and even more excited to really go for this business idea.”

But after a failed initial idea that then led to the creation of Smart Straws, USA Today says the team came up with Smart Straws after noticing that they were all drinking drinking out of their water bottles with straws.

“The Smart Straw is made of plastic and is discreet for both men and women to carry,” reports USA Today. “Once dipped in a drink, the chemical strips at the end of the straw will turn blue, which means the drink tests positive for either GHB or Ketamine.”

Their idea eventually won the Miami Herald’s Business Plan Challenge High School Track, says USA Today, and now the team is in talks to not only begin securing a patent for their invention, but also launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund their project.

 

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