TSTC Hands Out Over 10,000 Drug-testing Coasters for Spring Break
Friday, March 7, 2014
The Office of Counseling and Testing and the Marketing Department at Texas State Technical College teamed up to get the message across to students about the dangers of Spring Break through specially designed coasters with two opportunities to test for drugs in a drink.
Over 5,000 coasters were ordered and handed out at the Spring Break Conference on Wednesday. TSTC partnered up with the South Padre Island Police Department to distribute another 10,000 coasters during Spring Break next week.
The coasters and the Spring Break Conference align with TSTC's mission to protect and educate its student body.
TSTC Licensed Professional Counselor Mike Muniz said their office was looking for ways to get the message across about the dangers of drugs and other activities related to Spring Break festivities.
"We wanted something that would catch their eye and they wouldn't just throw it away," Muniz said.
Four different coasters were designed with different provocative sayings aimed at getting the attention of today's generation.
"Test here not at the clinic."
"Don't make a sex tape you won't remember."
"You don't want to end up with more than just a hangover."
And "1 in 5 college women experience sexual assault" are written on the coasters.
"We're trying to get these out to as many students as possible," Muniz said.
Students stopped by the Counseling Services table to pick up these coasters during the conference on campus. Speakers from Texas Department of Public Safety, Valley AIDS Council and the Cameron County Sherriff's Department also made presentations during the conference.
"I grew up in the Valley and I know how crazy it gets on South Padre Island during Spring Break," Muniz said. "We're giving out this information so that the students can be aware of the consequences. Our job isn't just to educate our students in the classroom but how to be successful in life too."
TSTC student Romero Boyd said the coaster concept shows TSTC really is looking out for their best interest.
"It's an awesome idea, because it really keeps the students safe," Boyd said. "You won't really know that there's anything in your drink and then you end up taking it. Who knows what's going happen?"
San Benito School District Parent Educator Ben Gomez said that while this campaign was geared toward college students, high school students are just as susceptible.
"We see a lot of teen pregnancy and date rape among teens," Gomez said. "So when I learned about these, it caught my eye."
Gomez picked up some coasters and was going to hand them out to parents in hopes that they educate their kids about these dangers at home.
"I work with parents and I think these will help start a dialogue at home about sex and drugs," Gomez said.