A simple detector of the three main types of drugs used to spike drinks was launched on Tuesday in an effort to reduce the soaring number of drug rape cases.


The matchbox-sized “Drink Detective” developed by British company Bloomsbury Innovations Ltd tests for benzodiazepines, including Rohypnol, GHB and ketamine — the principal narcotics used in drug rape and assault.



In Britain alone, nearly 1,000 cases of drug rape and abuse were reported last year but experts believe the true figure is much higher.



Victims are incapacitated and may not have any memory of what occurred. Many are reluctant to go to the police. The drugs disappear from the body in as little as 12 hours so there may not be any proof that someone has been a victim of drug rape.



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