K.O. Drops in a drink make women spineless
Is there finally a weapon against the dangerous drug?
K.O. drops have changed the way you go out celebrating. Gone are the days when you went to a party or club, danced, drank and had fun with friends. Today K.O. drops are a constantly lurking danger to which more and more people fall victim.
The drug is largely “liquid ecstacy”, a liquid that can easily be made by the user or ordered on the Internet. Liquid Ecstacy is a clear, odourless and tasteless liquid, which is only noticed when the effect has already started. Outsiders can only rarely provide help because they do not realize that those affected are under the influence of knockout drops. They give the impression they’re really drunk. The after-effect of the drug is limited memory loss (film tear) and headaches. After only a few hours, the residues are broken down and can no longer be detected. In most cases, young women are affected, who are given the drug unnoticed in order to sexually abuse it.
Men aren’t safe from knockouts either. They often use them to rob them. The WHO classifies K.O. drops as currently the most dangerous drug. In Germany alone there are said to be 800,000 cases per year. However, the number of unreported cases is probably much higher, because many victims are ashamed not to report the incident.
What are the remedies for knockout drops?
Until now, there was only one good advice against the drug: If you consume food or drink in public places, never leave it unattended. Unfortunately, the Council often proved to be in vain, because a single second is enough to administer the drops unnoticed.
Hopefully the situation will change now, because a student from Karlsruhe has developed a method with which K.O. drops can be reliably detected by laypersons.
What kind of method is that?
It is a test strip worn on the wrist in the style of a party bracelet. On the white bracelet there are two circular places for testing. If a liquid containing K.O. drops is applied to these areas, it turns blue within two minutes. The bracelet is already available under the name Xantus in the online shop of the drugstore chain DM. There you can order the “Drinkcheck” (so the name at DM) as a double pack for a little more than 5 Euro or as a four-pack for about 10 Euro. If demand grows, DM plans to include Xantus in the store assortment as well.
Will the test bracelet solve the problem with the K.O.? Loosen drops?
That remains to be seen. So far there have been mixed reactions. Many who like to go to parties are enthusiastic and welcome the invention. Organizers, on the other hand, have a rather negative attitude. They fear for the reputation of their restaurants or clubs, arguing that people wearing such test wristbands imply that the establishment in question is in danger of being administered knockout drops. A possible solution would be to wear the bracelet concealed and only use it if there is a suspicion of knockout drops.
The safest protection against knockout drops is still to go out in the group and look after each other. But if you go out alone, the Xantus Test Bracelet against K.O. drops could be a sensible precaution for you.