It is estimated that 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. 25% of those assaulted will be be victimized because of the use of date rape drugs. The US Department of Health and Human Services describes date rape drugs as being very powerful substances that can affect you quickly and without you even knowing.
Adding alcohol makes the drugs even stronger and can cause serious health problems and even death. The drug is slipped into the victims drink while they aren’t looking and they have no color, smell or taste so they go undetected. The effects of the drugs vary but they usually will make you confused, weak, and may even make you pass out. After being drugged you may not even remember what has happened during the time the drug was in your system.
Date rape drugs aren’t only being used to victimize women. Sexual predators are not particular about who they attack. It can happen to anyone, anywhere that is having a drink in a social situation that loses sight of their drink even for just a moment.
David Wilson and Daniel Pirvuti have committed themselves to developing a product to help prevent these crimes. Together they have created the pd.id – a discreet device that will detect if your drink has been tampered with.
The pd.id resembles a small flash drive. To test your drink you simply immerse the device for a few seconds into your glass. It then tests the light, current and temperature from a small sample of the drink. After a few seconds the LED will indicate whether the contents have been tampered with. Alternatively, the pd.id has a mode that will send the results to your smartphone and you will be alerted by text message.
The pd.id is reusable. One charge will allow30-40 uses before needing to be recharged. The device is cleaned by simply rinsing with water.
While the product is still in the development stage, their Indiegogo page allows backers who support the product for $75 to receive a pd.id. Developers are hoping to raise $100,000 by August 29, 2014. So far they’ve raised over $15,000 in 12 days. If you’d like to help support this device you can donate here.
The bottom line is there will always be sexual predators on the loose. But, with the pd.id we can help prevent these heinous acts. For more information or If you’d like to help support the development of this device please visit their IndiGogo page here.