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Local reaction to new drug detecting nail polish

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You may have heard about a new line of nail polish that claims to detect date rape drugs in people's drinks. NewsChannel 10 spoke with a Professional Counselor at WT to find out what benefits or drawbacks this new product may have.  

Studies show most of all sexual assaults happen to college aged students. While many say this new nail polish will help victims better protect themselves, others are concerned it can create a false sense of security.

It's hard to deny that sexual assault is a growing issue in our area.  In fact Amarillo Police say 112 cases were reported last year and our local hospitals have nurses specifically trained to help the growing numbers of victims.

At West Texas A&M University, it's not much different. Professional Counselor Nanna Fisher works first hand with students who have been sexually assaulted. 

"We do see them quite often, I typically see one or two a semester," Fisher told us. But in many cases, officials say the assault goes unreported. 

Seeing that it's a common issue, a group of four students at a North Carolina University created a new unique way to try and stop it before it happens.      

According to the group's Facebook page, they've created a new nail polish called Undercover Colors, that they claim can detect popular date rape drugs. All you have to do it stir your drink with your finger and if the drug is present the polish will turn colors.

But local experts say it's far from fool proof.  

"I hope this polish does what it says it can. There are different date rape drugs out there," Fisher said. 

While she applauds the effort of the group developing the new polish she says there is still more that needs to be done to help protect yourself from becoming a victim.  

"There's Ketamine, GBH, Rohynol. I would like to know if it can detect all of those. If it doesn't, where there is a good chance it won't, you still need to take other precautions, that can't be the only thing," Fisher said. 

Many of the students at WT shared similar feelings. 

"Id still be cautious with it because you never know when something can be faulty, so I'd still use precautions that I already use," a senior student told us. 

The nail polish is still in its developmental stages. No word on when it will hit store shelves.  

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10