NightCap Aims to Help Women Out for the Night with Wearable Drink Protection

West Palm Beach Siblings designed NightCap, it fits over the cup like a little sock and can also be worn as hair tie.

NightCap was invented by founders that were concerned about drink-spiking. The Founders are a sister and brother from West Palm Beach.

“The goal is to get the price down significantly,” said Michael Benarde, 22, a Florida State University senior who designed NightCap with his sister, Shirah, 17, a senior at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach.

The siblings had heard stories from friends who said their drinks had been contaminated or "spiked" with tranquilizing drugs as they hung out at parties or bars in college. (A 2016 study at three universities showed 7.8 percent of students said their drinks had been spiked.)

The NightCap is a elastic garment that fits over the cup like a little sock and can also be worn as a wrist band or ponytail holder.

According to RAINN, a sexual violence prevention group, alcohol and tranquilizing drugs are the primary substances used by assailants to facilitate assault. These drugs include Rohypnol, informally known as “roofies,” ketamine, GHB, and ecstasy.

“The point of NightCap is the convenience,” Benarde said. “You can wear it in your wrist or hair and it’s washable. One size fits all and it’s perfect for a Solo cup.”

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