During the fall of 2021, the NOSUM project team will carry out a series of 1.5-hour workshops aimed at university young students that will discuss chemical submission, the drugs that are commonly used for this purpose, and the kit developed by the MODeLic research group for the detection of the drug GHB in beverages will be tested.
The workshops will be held in person at the three campuses of the University of Valencia and online for those who study at universities in other cities.
At the end, the participants will receive a batch of kits that can be used at any time they consider that their drinks may have been contaminated. People who attend the online workshop will have the opportunity to pick up theirs at an established point in their university or city.
To register, it will be necessary to answer this brief survey, choose the preferred day of attendance at the workshop and leave your contact information.
GHB is one of the most used drugs in crimes in which it is sought to override the victim’s will. This compound, also known as liquid ecstasy, is colourless and imperceptible to their taste when dissolved in beverages. For this reason, the MODeLiC research group of the Interuniversity Institute for Molecular Recognition and Technological Development (IDM) and the ScienceFlows group, both from the University of Valencia, have launched the NOSUM project, financed by the Ministry of Health within the National Drug Plan with the objective is to develop and evaluate a fast, reliable and easy-to-use kit that allows to quickly identify if a drink has been contaminated with γ-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB).
The use of these kits in real environments by the participants will ensure that they respond to the needs of the final users: young people, especially women.
Translation: Amaia Crespo