NEW ORLEANS - With more calls to crack down on sexual assaults in college communities, a group of students is using its skills in the lab to create something meant to fight the crime.
It is nail polish designed not only to be fashionable, but to detect certain date-rape drugs. However, experts have some serious concerns about the new product.
Many say sexual assaults and the use of date rape drugs are all-too common on college campuses and bars.
'It's just an unfortunate reality you almost adopt when you go to college when you're a girl,' said Tulane student Mary Clare Molina.
Four male college students decided to come up a unique way to stop sexual assaults before they happen. According to the group's Facebook page, they have created a nail polish called Undercover Colors, which can detect popular date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.
All you have to do is stir your drink with your finger and the nail polish will change colors if a date rape drug is present.
'It's scary, you hear lots of stories about things that happen to girls and to know that I could stick my finger in a drink and know I am safe, well that would be a good reason to buy a nail polish like that,' says Tulane student Peri Novick.
While everyone can agree it's a good idea, experts at University Hospital say it creates a false sense of security because these products only test a handful of the date-rape drugs that exist.
'Every day they are changing the chemical formula that labs are having a hard time keeping up with the chemical makeup of these things so a nail polish couldn't possible cover everything out there,' said Ginesse Barrettat.
What experts do like is that it brings awareness to a crime that is happening more and more.
But students like Molina say while empowering women is important, more needs to be done in the way of prevention.
'We spend a lot of time teaching girls how to learn not to get raped, instead of teaching boys not to rape,' Molina said.
The students who are developing the nail polish say their goal is to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators.
Experts say with coasters and straws coming on the market that also test for date rape drugs, it just might work.
According to the students, they're still developing the nail polish and need more investors.