TSTC's drug-testing coasters designed to keep students safe

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 4:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:24am

Spring break is right around the corner. And for many young college students, that means parties, concerts, and booze.

That's why TSTC is distributing 10,000 of these specially designed coasters to its students and people on South Padre Island. The coasters can detect whether or not your drink has been tampered with. 

"It's important for students to have these because, uh, they're going off to spring break and they're doing things that they wouldn't normally do," said TSTC counselor Michael Muniz.

And if abnormal means interacting with a bunch of strangers, these coasters could mean the difference between a good and bad night.

"There's a lot of people at these bars, especially on the Island," said Muniz. "So what we want them to do is be safe, so they can come back to school, finish college, be successful, and have successful lives." 

Here's how it works:

"What you would do is you would put a drop of the alcohol, the alcohol you're drinking a drop on A and a drop on B and just rub it in," said Muniz.

If spot A or spot B turns to a darker blue color, then your drink has been drug induced...unless you have a blue drink.

And even though the coasters may not go into fine detail about specifics of the drugs in your drink, most students seem secure at least knowing this new technology exists on their campus:

"So far everybody is surprised that these are even available," said Muniz. "They're small, they can carry them around, and that'll give em information, you know, really quickly."

"I mean without them, you probably wouldn't know there's something in your drink and that way you have them so it's right on the spot so you can check," said TSTC student Chelsea DeBrooke. "I think it's awesome."

And the possible prevention of a tragedy has even more students excited about the drug-testing coasters:

"It's an awesome idea, because it really keeps the students safe, you know, and you won't really know that there's anything in your drink and then you end up taking it? Who knows what's gonna happen?" said student Romero Boyd.

Reporting in Harlingen, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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