Panelists: Liberty Hill has problem with teen drinking, drug use

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Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said concerning underage drinking, that while it is legal for a minor to drink with a parent, “what you (a parent) accept in moderation, they’ll accept in excess.” He continued, “your child has no intent to drink with you.” Instead, he said, it often serves to give an unspoken green light for the adolescent to drink, even when the parent is not around,” Chody said. The townhall was held at Liberty Hill High School. Continue reading

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Teen Binge Drinking Still a Huge Problem according to CDC report – as Youth Drinking on Downward Trend

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 1 in 6 high school students are binge drinkers, and one-third drank alcohol within the previous 30 days. The teen drinking giveaways are everywhere: the red Solo cups, the Snapchat photos of embarrassing selfies and the more-than-conspicuous headaches and vomiting. Though the number of teens who drink is declining, it remains a problem, especially when it comes to binge drinking, or downing more than five drinks within a couple hours. In 2010, underage drinking was a $24.3 billion problem for the U.S. Continue reading

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19 year old Penn State student has .40 BAC and fraternity and 18 of its members are charged in student’s death;

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A Penn State University fraternity pledge had toxic levels of alcohol in his body and was badly injured in a series of falls, authorities said Friday in announcing criminal charges for his death against 18 members of the organization and the fraternity itself. Timothy Piazza, 19, had a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.40 the night of the pledge ceremony. Continue reading

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Texas teenager to Texas Legislature: Ban powdered alcohol

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“It is no secret that underage drinking is a problem in Texas. By allowing powdered alcohol into our state — even if it is regulated — we are simply adding more fuel to the fire. With good intentions, lawmakers in the Texas House and Senate have introduced bills that would regulate powdered alcohol if somehow it were to make its way into our state. As a teenager, I can say without a doubt that this is not enough. Texas should follow the lead of states that have completely banned this dangerous substance, Andrea Marquez, high school student.” Continue reading

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Synthetic cannabinoid use in teens in Austin

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May, 8, 2017 — KVUE —  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) studies the drug among teens. They found at least 5 percent of high school students admit to using synthetic cannabinoids. That’s down from 2011, when it was … Continue reading

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The Opioid Epidemic: How to Protect Your Family

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.—doubling between 1999 and 2015. More than car accidents. More than falls. More than homicide. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is dedicated to ensuring that families have access to the care that they need, in order to give children the best possible chance at a happy and healthy life. Treating and preventing opioid use disorder will help assure this outcome and—given the opioid epidemic in this country—it is a responsibility we must accept and share together. Continue reading

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More police training, public education needed to stop ‘drugged’ driving, reports says

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A new report shows that 43 percent of fatally injured drivers with known test results tested positive for drugs, while 38 percent tested positive for alcohol. This is the first time occurrences of drugged driving have surpassed those of drunken driving. Continue reading

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Texas Could Pardon Underage Drinking of Sex Assault Victims

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In a push to combat campus sexual assault, the Texas Legislature is moving to pardon victims from criminal charges for underage drinking. A bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the state Senate protects from prosecution victims of sexual assault who admit to underage drinking while they were being abused. Continue reading

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OPINION: Drinking alcohol to cope only makes stress worse

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If one chooses to consume enough alcohol in an effort to forget their troubles and stress, they might end up feeling worse the next day. You may be able to forget what caused your stress, but your brain and body will remember it still exists. In fact, alcohol may actually increase your stress. Continue reading

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Wyoming Coroner reports 14-year old teen died from alcohol poisoning

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April 13, 2017 — Fremont County, Wyo. – The death of 14-year-old Millani Watt of Arapahoe, Wyoming was ruled accidental by the Fremont County Coroner’s Office. She died at a home in Lander on Friday, March 17.   Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen … Continue reading

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Embattled Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission director resigns amid investigation into perks

After fielding some tough questions last week by the House Committee on General Investigations and Ethics, Sherry Cook, the executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, has resigned from her position. The move comes after the Texas Tribune reported that Cook along with other TABC top brass had been jet-setting around the country on taxpayer’s money to attend conferences largely funded by the alcohol industry. Continue reading

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Texas House Bill proposes change of some state alcohol violations from criminal to civil penalty

Texas House Bill 1999 proposes to reduce the penalty for a minor for purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction for the first and second violations. The third violation would remain a Class C misdemeanor … Continue reading

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Four Easy Ways Parents Can Prevent Underage Drinking

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Parents can make all the difference when it comes to preventing underage and dangerous drinking by their kids. Here are four things you can do: TALK, BE INVOLVED, BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL and DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. Continue reading

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Don’t be fooled by the myths about underage drinking

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The Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council (GAUDPC) says to not be fooled by myths about underage drinking, for example, it is safer for a teen to drink with their parents. Teens need parents to model appropriate behavior and explain the laws and consequences of consuming alcoholic beverages. Continue reading

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Liberty Hill High School educates families about speaking to teens about underage drinking and drunk driving

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Liberty Hill High School parents hear from Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention Program on the pitfalls of both over-protective and over-permissive parenting, and suggested strategies for parents to use when talking to their children about substance use. Continue reading

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TABC Announces Statewide 2017 Spring Break Undercover Operations

March 6, 2017 — As Texans from across the state flock to the Gulf Coast for Spring Break, agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will conduct a series of undercover operations intended to curtail sales of alcohol to persons … Continue reading

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The tragic story: College freshman, 18, found dead from alcohol poisoning in dorm room after a night of binge-drinking on Jan. 20

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18-year-old Ohio college freshman had consumed large quantities of champagne and vodka with friends at a house party and then a bar, had taken multiple falls and had to be escorted back to her room because she was unsteady on her feet and left. Erica Buschick was found lying unresponsive on a bean bag chair in her dorm room in Oxford, Ohio, on the morning of January 20. University police have described the incident as ‘high-risk alcohol consumption’. Continue reading

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UT Austin Leads $29 Million Alcoholism Treatment Consortium

Feb. 3, 2017 — AUSTIN, Texas — The National Institutes of Health has awarded an international consortium seeking better pharmaceutical treatments for alcoholism a five-year grant totaling $29 million. The administrative headquarters and several of the projects will be at … Continue reading

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Addiction Report says Alcohol Marketing May Increase Youth Alcohol Consumption

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For people under the legal drinking age, exposure to alcohol marketing increases their level of alcohol consumption, according to new research. The study was published in a supplemental edition of the journal Addiction, alongside other studies exploring alcohol marketing’s effects on children. Continue reading

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20-year-old Oklahoma State Student From Bedford, Tx Died Of Alcohol Poisoning, Enlarged Heart

An Oklahoma State University student from Bedford who was found dead in a fraternity house on November 21, 2016 died of alcohol poisoning and an enlarged heart. The autopsy report said Cavazos’ blood ethanol level was 0.35, more than four times the amount considered to be legally drunk. Continue reading

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