Monash launches drug-detecting wristbands to protect youths against drink spiking

Monash University and global ad agency Y&R Melbourne have launched Sip Safe, a drug-detecting wristband that helps protect young people against drink spiking.

The Sip Safe wristbands 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 is equal parts utility, education and deterrent for would-be drink spikers.

The Sip Safe wristband was officially launched and trialled by students 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.

Trisha Prpich, Director of Monash Residential Services, said Monash was invested in the safety and wellbeing of students.

"We want to make sure our community is safe and well informed, and that includes encouraging everyone to drink responsibly," Ms Prpich said.

"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."

Jake Barrow, executive creative director, Y&R Melbourne, said,Launching Sip Safe with Monash University is an incredibly proud moment for us. 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.”