Special coasters can tell if your drink is dangerous
EUGENE, Ore.-- For many, a night out on the town followed by a drink at a local bar is the beginning of a fun night, but sometimes it can take a turn for the worst.
According to a recent study, about 25 percent of women who were raped say drugs were a factor in their attack.
Now there's a new product intended to provide a new line of defense against assault -- special coasters that can identify if your drink has been drugged, which could help cut down on the number of date rape cases in the community.
The innovative coaster is expected to be given out near the University of Oregon campus soon by the Skybox and Courtside apartments.
Property Manager at the Skybox and Courtside apartments, Sandra Coombs, says, "All of the students are excited. I had some guys and girls come and pick some up yesterday when they found out we got them in."
Right next door, Alicia Perkins, General Manager at the Wild Duck Café, says coasters like this can make a big difference. She says she was 26 years old when someone slipped a drug in her drink.
She says she managed to escape to a safe, public area.
"I was fortunate enough to understand that after one beverage, that I shouldn't feel so incapacitated," says Perkins.
Now as a mom of a seventeen year old, Perkins says, "Product like the one that you showed me would really seem like a good way for people to protect themselves."
The coaster tests the two main date rape drugs, including Ketamine and Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate.
All it takes is two drops of your drink on the coaster; if it turns blue, it's a dangerous drink.
"I just think it's a great product and I'm really excited for it to be introduced in the campus," says University of Oregon freshman Maggie Crockett,
Junior Uriah Sun agrees.
"Sort of like handing out condoms, like you never know if you're going to need it but like, here you go so you're safe just in case."
The assistant coach for the Ducks basketball team, Allen Morill, said date rape is an issue surrounding many university campuses. When asked if the team could benefit from the coasters he said, "I mean I hope they wouldn't be out at the bars or nothing like that anyways so, but just in case, yeah."
Everyone we spoke with hopes it will provide another layer of safety to prevent sexual assault. Perkins reiterates a lesson she learned the hard way, that "people are really smart and they know how to get around things, but for this moment, anything that levels the playing field for young women when they're in group situations."
The coasters will be passed out on Wednesday, April 20, near University of Oregon bars.