Tuesday 24 October 2017

Young Scientist: A way to stop drink tampering

Sean Duffy and Warren Gleeson
Sean Duffy and Warren Gleeson

Two Limerick school boys believe they have found a foolproof way to eliminate drink tampering.

Sean Duffy and Warren Gleeson, both 16-years-old were inspired to start this project after their parents warned them about drink spiking before they go out to discos. "We thought afterwards, how can we solve this," Mr Gleeson said.

The duo came up with a one-use anti-tamper label and a bubble, which will indicate if a drink bottle has been tampered with of if something has been injected in through a syringe.

At present, the device is hard to make, as the bubble is manually cut out from bubble wrap, but the contestants are hopeful it will become popular.

The Desmond College pupils are very excited about their invention and have already sent in to Junior Dragon's Den, where they are through to the next round.

"We're hoping to get through and push on with that for the rest of the year," Mr Duffy said.

"[Drink tampering] is a huge problem in our society now."

"It's a great project. It could make a huge difference," Mr Gleeson said.

They are hoping for a few awards, but don't want to "get cocky".

Irish Independent

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