Yesha Callahan

This Cup & Straw Will Alert You If You’ve Been ‘Roofied’

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A few years ago while enjoying happy hour in D.C. , I happened to notice a random guy and woman talking next to me. They seemed to be strangers and were just having a casual conversation. The woman then excused herself to the bathroom but left her drink unattended.  I then noticed something odd happen. The guy turned his back, then replaced her drink with his.  What in the hell? Who does that? Besides someone who may have slipped someone a “roofie”. Once the girl returned, I nudged her and whispered in her ear to let her know what happened, before we could even turn around to see the guy, he had already vanished in the crowd. Sketchy ass.

Getting “roofied” isn’t anything new. It happens to both men and women, and it’s even more prevalent on college campuses. Drugs like  GHB, ketamine and Rohypnol will literally knock you out.

But what if there was a cup and straw that could alert you to drugs being in your drink? That’s where DrinkSavvy.Inc comes into play.

Mike Abramson, the founder of DrinkSavvy, was once “roofied” while out drinking with friends. In an interview with CNN, Abramson discussed  his experiences and what led him to create the straw and cup combination.

“Within the past three years, three of my very close friends, and myself, have been the unwitting victims of being drugged. DrinkSavvy’s ultimate goal is to use the success of this campaign to convince bars, clubs and colleges to make DrinkSavvy the new safety standard and eventually make drug-facilitated sexual assault a crime of the past.”

Abramson says of his experience: He was at a club in Boston celebrating a friend’s birthday and went to get a drink and then “felt like I had 15 drinks. Luckily, friends were able to get me home safely.”

Two years after consulting with a chemistry professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a prototype was completed and Abramson started an Indiegogo campaign to secure funding. His campaign successfully secured over $50,000 in funding and Abramson is currently a finalist in the MassChallenge, an annual $1 million startup competition and accelerator program that helps entrepreneurs get access to mentors, marketing and other resources.

Here’s a look at Abramson’s Indiegogo pitch:

DrinkSavvy’s pilot program  is set to take place at a bar in Boston in either December or January.

 

What do you think about Abramson’s invention?

  1. August 16, 2013 - Reply

    That’s cool but my folk always taught me not to leave my drink unattended. I have a distant cousin that was drugged like this way back in the day and dude was never “right” again. So this is something my fam emphasized when I first started going out.

  2. August 16, 2013 - Reply

    You know what’s proven to be even more effective wait for it, watching your own drink at ALL TIMES. Its 2013 nobody should be leaving drinks unattended, or allowing someone they either don’t know to bring them a drink, hell take the drink with you while dancing. Anybody that bought me a drink I was right there at the bar with them while the bartender made it.

  3. August 16, 2013 - Reply

    This is a good idea but is it that necessary? Either you watch your drink at all times or you don’t drink it if you leave it unattended. I too know someone who got roofied and was never the same again. A cup like this is sorta promoting the idea that it is okay to leave your drink unattended when it really isn’t.

  4. August 16, 2013 - Reply

    This is a great idea but sort of funny and slightly ironic that a man is behind this product when the majority of people who’ve been roofied are women.

  5. August 16, 2013 - Reply

    I agree with what the other commentators said about watching your own drink. But let’s be real people, roofing doesn’t only happen when you met a stranger at a bar. I’m sure if you’re at the bar with a few people you know, some of you have probably asked your homegirl/boy to “watch you drink really quick”. People get roofied by people they know or think they know. Women also roofie other women so they can “have s3x” with them. I think the only issue with the cup will be pricing. What will make clubs/restaurants want to spend extra money on a roofie cup?

    • August 17, 2013 - Reply

      @Smilez_920

      I would use it as a marketing tool for my bar. If it’s known that the cups and straws can save a life from being ruined that bar might get a boost in traffic.

  6. August 17, 2013 - Reply

    Something about all these “you shouldn’t be leaving your drink alone anyway” comments sound a lot like victim blaming, when in fact, no one has the right to tamper with your drink just because you turned your back on it for a while. I’m especially surprised considering this is a problem that affects women more than men, so essentially these comments [on a women’s website] toe the line of “deserving to be raped.” Also, if everyone were diligent enough to monitor their drinks at all times, being drugged wouldn’t be the problem that it is today. I welcome inventions that allow us to be a little less paranoid each day — I just wish people weren’t constantly finding new ways to make us all more paranoid.

  7. August 17, 2013 - Reply

    I thought it was common knowledge to simply never go back to a drink one you’ve left it or set it down? Or take drinks you didnt get yourself? But if it works then good for him.

  8. August 17, 2013 - Reply

    It’s actually not that funny considering men are the creators of most inventions.

  9. November 1, 2013 - Reply

    I was roofied in front of my own eyes. I never took my eyes off my drink. It can be done in the blink of an eye.

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