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SPIPD Partners Up with TSTC to Distribute Coasters

Saturday, March 15, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

SPISouth Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith called Texas State Technical College's latest effort to keep its students and Spring Breakers safe, "progressive" and is excited to be partnered up with the college.

SPIPD helped TSTC handout over 10,000 specially designed coasters with two opportunities to test for drugs in a drink during Spring Break on South Padre Island.

On Monday, TSTC officials delivered the coasters to Smith and his force to start the distribution immediately.

"It's a very proactive approach to a problem we see every year here during Spring Break," Smith said. "It's a great partnership. This shows great vision on the part of TSTC and it shows they see the need for something like this and they have their finger on the pulse of what's needed right now to help prevent these types of cases from happening."

Smith said every year there are several cases of sexual assault on SPI during Spring Break. Most cases go unreported and usually start with a drink that's been drugged.

"If anything, these (coasters) will serve as a reminder to the kids to be more careful," Smith said.

The Office of Counseling and Testing and the Marketing Department at TSTC teamed up to design these coasters.

Over 5,000 coasters were ordered and handed out at the Spring Break Conference last week at TSTC and the extra 10,000 were given to the SPIPD.

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.

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