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Innovative wristband can detect drugs in your beverage with just one drop

  • A new wristband aims to protect young people against drink spiking
  • Sip Safe can detect drugs by simply placing a drop of your drink onto the band
  • The accessory will be rolled out at student and youth events throughout the year

A new accessory aimed at protecting young people against drink spiking has launched. 

Sip Safe wristbands can detect drugs by simply placing a drop of your drink onto the band itself.  

Designed for widespread use across festivals, events, bars, nightclubs and other venues where patrons are already accustomed to using wristbands, Sip Safe was launched by Y&R Melbourne on campus at Monash University. 

The product was first trialled during Schoolies in late 2017 and will now be rolled out at a variety of student and youth events throughout the year.

Sip Safe wristbands (pictured) can detect drugs by simply placing a drop of your drink onto the band itself

The wristband also acts as a deterrent for would-be drink spikers. 

‘Sip Safe has the potential to provide users with an easy way to determine if their drink has been spiked with two of the most common drugs used in drink spiking,’ says Trisha Prpich, Director at Monash residential services.   

‘Monash is invested in the safety and wellbeing of our students. 

The wristbands have been designed for widespread use across festivals, events, bars, nightclubs

The wristbands have been designed for widespread use across festivals, events, bars, nightclubs

‘We want to make sure our community is safe and well informed, and that includes encouraging everyone to drink responsibly.’

The wristband also acts as a deterrent for would-be drink spikers (stock image)

The wristband also acts as a deterrent for would-be drink spikers (stock image)

Jake Barrow, executive creative director, of Y&R Melbourne, says launching the wristbands is a step forward in reducing drink spiking.

‘It represents a milestone in the effective harm reduction and education of drink spiking.

‘We hope the initiative goes on to make a difference throughout the broader community.’ 

Drink spiking is illegal in Australia and penalties include fines and imprisonment ranging from two years to 25 years.   

HOW TO PREVENT DRINK SPIKING 

Only accept drinks from people you know and trust

Be suspicious if someone buys you a different drink to what you asked for

Always keep your drink with you

If you lose sight of your drink, don’t drink from it again

Never share drinks with anyone 

If you feel dizzy, disoriented or light-headed, get to a safe place

Source: Get The Facts

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