WPI grad creates product to detect 'date-rape' drugs

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November 15, 2012, 10:08 am
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(NECN) - College students have often been reminded to "never leave a drink unattended", but there are other risks when it comes to alcohol and sexual assault.

Mike Abramson, Founder of DrinkSavvy and Graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is working to help create another layer of protection.

DrinkSavvy is developing a product that will identify odorless, colorless, and tasteless so-called "date-rape drugs" that are surreptitiously slipped in one's drink.

For Abramson, launching the company was deeply personal. About three years ago, Abramson fell victim to a drug that was slipped into his drink at a Boston nightclub. The incident left Abramson shaken yet determined to do something to make sure that bar patrons and others never experienced the same situation. As a result of his early entrepreneurial efforts, Abramson received a $12,500 award earlier this month from his alma mater, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, to help further develop his invention.

Learn more at DrinkSavvy.com

- Some smart tips from Mike:

1. Don't leave your drink unattended.  If you do, get rid of it.
2. Don't accept opened drinks from strangers.  
3. Don't drink from punch bowls.
4. Keep an eye on your friends throughout the night.

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