3 Teens Are Busting Date Rapists With “Smart Straw” Invention. Heres How it Works.


Susana Cappello, Carolina Baigorri and Victoria Roca are three high school teens whose innovative product, Smart Straws, is changing the game in preventing date rape and sexual assault.


The three girls participated in the Miami Heralds Business Plan Challenge which prompted them to become entrepreneurs of a concept or product.

Their winning concept, Smart Straws, are designed to detect smallest amounts of the most common date rape drugs such as roofies (Rohypnol), GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid) and Ketamine, which are overwhelmingly the most common club drugs used on women.


If theres any trace of the drug in an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, the indicator on the tip of the straw will turn blue.


Judges called the product brilliant, noting how easily the straws could be distributed on campuses, at bars and by school organizations.

We know its not a solution because it cant end rape, Carolina explains. But we were hoping to lower the amount of rape and dangerous situations you might be in through drugs.

The girls took a survey among their peers. Eighty five percentsaid they would use the straw, and more than half saying that they knew someone who had been drugged at a party.

Since winning the competition, the teens have moved forward with applying for a patent, and consulting with a test kit maker about potentially manufacturing the product.

Having friends of my own who have been drugged and taken advantage of in something as normal as a restaurant setting, the Smart Straw is a winner in my book. Looking forward to the bright futures of these teens, and the incredible ways their concept could change womens safety.

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3 High School Teens Invent Straw That Could Detect Common Date Rape Drugs

Three high school students are breaking ground on a product to detect date rape drugs. Victoria Roca, Susana Cappello, and Carolina Biagorri say they came up with the idea after seeing what a problem rape is in society. The straw prototype they designed can detect the most common date rape drugs. The girls hope to market the straws to college students and supply them at bars, clubs, and restaurants. InsideEdition.com's Keleigh Nealon (https://twitter.com/KeleighNealon) has more.