New Cup Design Warns of Spiked Drinks

As anyone who has ever attended a college party can attest, there’s little variation in the supplies; red solo cups are so enigmatic, there’s a song about them. However if one entrepreneur has any sway, a new style of drinkware could soon be coming to an apartment party near you.

After he and three other friends had unknowingly consumed roofied beverages at parties over the past few years, Boston-based lawyer and inventor Michael Abramson was compelled to do something to fight drug-facilitated sexual offenses. In partnership with Dr. John MacDonald of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Abramson founded DrinkSavvy, Inc.

Though not quite as nondescript as your regulation red solo cup, Abramson and MacDonald’s design creates clear drinkware that changes color when it comes in contact with chemicals most commonly used in drug-facilitated sexual offenses. In the video below, Abramson demonstrates how the design would function:

Following an IndieGoGo campaign in December 2012, DrinkSavvy was able to exceed their $50,000 fundraising goal. Since then, the invention has received attention from media outlets such as Good Morning America, Jezebel, and Cosmopolitan Magazine, among others.

“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 to eventually make drug-facilitated sexual assault a crime of the past,” Abramson said in a promotional video for the campaign.

Though not yet available, the company hopes to have both cups and straws available to sponsors and donors by September 2013 and to the public by mid-2014. Abramson expressed a desire to expand the product in the future beyond cups and straws to include safe glassware, cans, and other commonly-used products.

It is unfortunate that crimes such as these are as prevalent as they are, but it’s great to see someone fighting against them. While you should still never drink from a cup or can you’ve left unattended, it looks like we may get some additional protection in the future.

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Ali Fogarty is a senior from the suburbs of Philadelphia majoring in Public Relations and Political Science who's passionate about Netflix and everything bagels.

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