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Nail Polish Detects Drug In Drink

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Recent studies suggest that 90 percent of sexual assaults that happen on our nation's campuses have alcohol involved in some way. 

"You're always worried about something like that happening," said Deanna Parker, a Respiratory Therapy student at Midwestern State University. 

Now that students have returned to class across Texoma and the first party has already been planned, Newschannel 6 wanted to find some safety tips that could protect party goers. 

A nail polish created by four students at North Carolina State University may have found the solution. The Materials Science & Engineering majors created a nail polish line called "Undercover Colors." The product would be able to indicate whether a person's drink had been drugged by simply dipping their nail into a beverage. If exposed, the nail would turn a different color.

Newschannel 6 caught up with a few Midwestern State University students to get their thoughts about the creation. 

"You put your finger in the drink and you notice something is not right and you can take action before anything worse happens," said Parker.

"I like the idea. I'd use it," said Ashton Lay, Mass Communications student at MSU. "People are going to do what they're going to do. So, I have to protect myself."

MSU Police Chief, Dan Williams said every year he talks to a large group of incoming freshmen about the dangers associated with drinking.

"The date rape drug is out there. We've been fortunate at this campus that we have not had many instances of it," said Williams. "When you go out, go out with people you know. If you buy drinks, be there when the bartender hands them to you and don't accept a drink from a stranger."

Until this product is on the market, some are going to use their best judgment.

"Always have one friend that's sober who's going to be there to watch me and makes sure that everything is going to be okay," said Lay.

While the nail polish creator's goal is to empower women, some believe it may deter others from committing the crime.

"It might deter them a little bit, but I don't think the possibility of them getting caught as a result of it would be high enough for them not to do it," said Williams. 

Health experts said while this nail polish may seem like the answer to this problem, it may become difficult to detect these types of drugs when the chemicals in them constantly changes. 

Advocates against rape and sexual assault said this idea strays from the essential issue and puts the problem back on women. 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6