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Test Your Drink for Drugs With This Date Rape Drug Detector

In the United States, someone experiences a sexual assault every two minutes. Furthermore, one in four women between the ages of 18 and 24 will fall victim to date rape or attempted date rape. Roughly 25% of these sexual assaults occur when an incapacitating date rape drug is unknowingly added to a drink.

This devious practice, known as drink spiking, often occurs in busy bars, clubs, or restaurants, where a perpetrator’s actions can go unnoticed. This inspired a team of designers to create a device that can promptly notify individuals if their drink has been tampered with.

The Personal Drink ID Is Born

The Personal Drink ID is an electronic device and mobile app designed to prevent sexual assaults that occur after someone has been unknowingly drugged. It works by allowing you to test your drinks for drugs quickly and discreetly for the presence of any potentially harmful substances.

Founder J. David Wilson wanted to ensure the Personal Drink ID (known as “pd.id” for short) was discreet, small, and most importantly, accurate. With those qualities in mind, his team borrowed from technology that’s currently being used by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Personal Drink ID device is smaller than a pack of gum and can be discreetly carried virtually anywhere. It works by using a small sample of the beverage and conducting a sophisticated array of tests on the liquid. This device uses a light spectrum to analyze the molecular components present in the drink. Moreover, it utilizes current and temperature readings to analyze the drink’s contents.

How Do You Use the Date Rape Drug Detection Device?

Whenever you find yourself in a crowded establishment, sharing drinks with someone you don’t know well, or briefly stepping away from your beverage, grab the Personal Drink ID and you have date rape drug detection on the go. Submerge the device in your drink, and if it detects any tampering, the Personal Drink ID will light up. You can also sync the Personal Drink ID device with your smartphone. This functionality enables you to receive either a text message or a phone call if a potentially harmful date rape drug is identified in your drink. In certain cases, the device can even pinpoint the specific drug present in your beverage.

Facts About Date Rape Drugs

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:1

  • Date rape drugs are often put in alcoholic beverages; however, date rape drugs may be added to food and non-alcoholic beverages as well.
  • Almost 11 million women in the United States have been raped while drunk, drugged, or high.
  • People who use substances to commit sexual assault most often use alcohol alone or in combination with other drugs.
  • Common date rape drugs include gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
  • Many date rape drugs are odorless and tasteless.

Getting Help for Substance Misuse and PTSD

Survivors of sexual assault often deal with distressing psychological effects (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder), which may lead some to turn to substances (e.g., alcohol, drugs) as a means of coping or self-medication. The link between substance misuse and PTSD is complex. Unfortunately, substance misuse can exacerbate mental health issues and vice versa, making recovery challenging.2

The good news is that help is available. There are various programs for subsistence misuse that emphasize the importance of trauma-informed care. These programs employ various therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and group counseling to help individuals struggling with substance misuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, such as PTSD. Moreover, there are women’s-only rehab programs specifically designed to address the unique needs of women.

Finding Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

You can find co-occurring disorder treatment in different ways, such as:

  • Scheduling an appointment with your doctor or a mental health practitioner to discuss your needs and get referrals.
  • Using our rehabs directory to find treatment facilities throughout the country. You can narrow your search by filtering by insurance, location, and type of care.
  • Contacting your insurance provider to check your coverage and inquire about treatment providers.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) provides evidence-based addiction care at quality treatment facilities throughout the U.S. Contact one of our caring admissions navigators at to learn more about your options.

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