The UK could roll out ‘Date Rape’ wristbands, which change colour within two minutes of being exposed to a drop of a drink which has been spiked.
The police are set to test out the new wristbands which only require a drop of a drink from a straw to work. They will immediately change colour if the drink contains ketamine, ecstasy and common date rape drug GHB which causes drowsiness.
The wrist band still cannot identify every drug but Essex police are hoping to trial it out to see if these can be distributed across the country should manufacturers be interested in producing them.
The need for this technology comes as drink-spiking offences have reportedly soared in recent years in the country.
Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, it is illegal to administer a substance to someone with ‘intent to overpower that person in enable sexual activity with them’ and could land offenders up to 10 years in prison.
In 2016, Essex saw 60 recorded drink-spiking offences. This jumped to 354 in 2022, which an increase of around 490%.