Holidays pose special dangers for underage drinking and drug abuse, parents should stay aware

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Underage drinking is down somewhat nationwide, which is good, but often alcohol issues can suddenly become worse especially around the holidays. The holidays can raise the danger when mixing alcohol, house guests and parent’s lack of awareness. Staying aware of what’s happening in your household can prevent tragedies surrounding drug and alcohol abuse. Continue reading

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VisionZero: Remembering Is Not Enough

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Lined up in a half circle outside City Hall on Nov. 19, the more than 60 pairs of shoes represented the lives lost on Austin roads this year. Local leaders and transportation safety advocates joined with the family members of those lost for Vision Zero ATX’s third annual Day of Remembrance Vigil – to call for a regional approach to address the dangerous state of Central Texas roads. Austin Police Chaplain Rick Randall, who lost his son in a pedestrian accident more than a decade ago, delivered the opening prayer: “Our prayer tonight, God, is that not one other person would have to be part of this fraternity.” Continue reading

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TABC investigating underage drinking death of Texas State student

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating the death of a Texas State University student earlier this week. Matthew Ellis, 20, was found dead Monday morning at an off-campus apartment. Police say alcohol may have been a factor in his death. TABC is working to determine the source of any alcohol that may have been involved in Ellis’ death. Continue reading

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Alcohol may have played role in death of 20-year old Texas State student following frat party

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Matthew “Matt” Ellis was found dead in an off-campus apartment near Texas State University. The 20-year-old sophomore was found unresponsive at the apartment complex late Monday morning. Preliminary findings indicate alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but San Marcos police are awaiting results of a toxicology tests. Continue reading

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New ‘drugalyzer’ could test whether you’re driving while high on marijuana

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With deadly crashes from marijuana increasing, now cops may have a secret weapon to fight back against the trend: the “drugalyzer,” a new device so small and lightweight that it could be used during a traffic stop. Continue reading

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Coffee is delicious, but your body *really* hates too much caffeine & mixing caffeine with alcohol is dangerous

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“Excessive caffeine intake can result in palpitations, dizziness, elevated blood pressure and make you feel nervous or anxious. Some people also may develop diarrhea and feel like their stomach is upset as their caffeine intake increases.” PLUS … “Mixing caffeine with alcohol is a dangerous practice because it may lead to higher levels of alcohol consumption as the person often believes and feels they are more alert. The risk of alcohol poisoning increases as people consume more alcohol because they feel the caffeine will keep them awake and alert.” Continue reading

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Florida State University fraternity activities suspended after pledge dies after party; alcohol suspected

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The death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge led Florida State University to shut down all Greek life activities Monday. Alcohol is suspected of playing a role in the death of Andrew Coffey, whose body was found Friday — the morning after a party more than 50 people attended at a house near campus. Continue reading

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Are opioids a problem in Central Texas?

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In Central Texas, Austin-Travis County EMS officials say opioid abuse is a problem, but it’s not a crisis. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s annual report for 2016 shows drug-related deaths account for just more than one quarter of accidental deaths in the county. Continue reading

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Alcohol-free tailgate at University of Texas unites Austin’s sober community toward recovery

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Miriam Rivero’s first UT tailgate where she felt comfortable as a student in recovery from addiction was at an alcohol-free tailgate, hosted by sober fraternity Alpha 180 and the Recovery First Tailgaters. Continue reading

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San Antonio working to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 year of age joining 13 other cities and 5 states nationwide

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San Antonio hopes to join 13 other large cities and 5 states around the nation that ban tobacco sales to people under 21 years of age. Survey shows that 77% of respondents support raising the minimum purchasing age from 19 to 21 years. “Eighteen- to 20-years-olds whose brains aren’t developed shouldn’t be exposed to addictive substances.” Continue reading

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8 Reasons for Underage Drinking among teens – info for parents

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While there is no single reason why teenagers use drugs or alcohol, here are some of the core issues and influences behind the behavior of teenage drug and alcohol use. It’s important that you, as a parent, understand these reasons and talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and using drugs.
1- Other People
2- Popular Media
3- Escape and Self-Medication
4- Boredom
5- Rebellion
6- Instant Gratification
7- Lack of Confidence
8- Misinformation Continue reading

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Why Is It So Hard to Stop? College Students Keep Dying Because of Fraternity Hazing.

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To critics, the string of recent deaths raises the question of why it’s so hard to reform Greek life in a way that ensures student safety. The answer begins with deep-pocketed fraternity alumni who fondly remember the traditions of their fraternity days and now hold sway over their alma maters. In addition, fraternities owe their staying power to influential national Greek organizations that lobby for lenient policies and to fraternity members who are devoted to what has become a staple of the American college experience. Continue reading

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Column: How we can better address dangerous binge drinking on campus

By Isabella Simonetti, Oct 16, 2017 — In college drinking culture, moderation does not exist.  Approximately 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder. Additionally, a 2014 survey found that two-thirds of the 60 percent of … Continue reading

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Truth about 19 year old Kenneka Jenkins’ death in Chicago: Alcohol was the culprit.

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I was underage drinking that explains how a 19-year-old’s Chicago girl’s body ended up in a freezer in a deserted area of the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel. Kenneka was at a party at the hotel where liquor was available. She was too young to purchase liquor herself. And she was too young to legally consume it. Someone broke the law by providing it to her. The real culprit that has now been revealed — underage drinking. Continue reading

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19-year-old student’s death called in as alcohol poisoning at Radford University in Virginia

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A Radford University (Virginia) student’s death is being investigated as a case of alcohol poisoning, according to a search warrant. After Jacob B. Terry, 19, of Hampton was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning, police searched the dormitory room where he had been found unresponsive and seized bottles of vodka and Mad Dog 20/20, the search warrant said. Continue reading

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Opinion: Corona partnership with University of Texas misguided and may lead to underage drinking

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“Earlier this year, the University of Texas Athletics Department announced its new partnership with Corona Extra, making the beer an official sponsor of the Texas Longhorns. Many people view drinking as a traditional part of the college experience, but often ignore the potential consequences of promoting alcohol on campus. A July 12 column by Emma Berdanier outlined some of the potential pitfalls of a partnership with Corona Extra, and there is substantial evidence that the partnership between the University of Texas and Corona Extra is misguided, writes Dr. Sachin Kamble, Daily Texas Opinion Page (Sept. 24, 2017). The vast majority of undergraduates are underage, which makes them susceptible to the risky behaviors and negative consequences that come with higher alcohol consumption. Continue reading

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Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up; less underage drinking but also less working

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Fewer teens are drinking alcohol, having sex or working part-time jobs, less likely to drive, date or go out without their parents. Working, driving, drinking alcohol, having sex and dating have one thing in common: They are all activities adults do. Adolescence – once the beginning of adulthood – now seems to be an extension of childhood. It’s not that teens are more virtuous or lazier. They could simply be taking longer to grow up. Continue reading

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18-year-old LSU student dies in possible hazing incident, high level of alcohol shows in autopsy

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An 18-year old LSU freshman died Thursday in what authorities are investigating as a hazing incident. An autopsy of the college freshman showed had a highly elevated blood-alcohol level, according to East Baton Rouge Coroner. Continue reading

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UT’s Expunction Project gives pro bono help for criminal record cleanup, restoring reputation

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Thanks to a free service from University of Texas law students that helps people expunge their criminal records, two of the worst days in Wayne Johnson’s drug-riddled life might as well have never happened. Two expungement clinics will take place Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 at the Travis County Law Library. The Expunction Project, a student-run and attorney-supervised clinic at UT that every year helps 100 people like Johnson restore their reputations so they can land employment, housing and other opportunities that otherwise would be hindered by the presence of a criminal history. Continue reading

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Straight Talk for College Women: Be prudent about alcohol, hooking-up, and know that school administrators don’t have your interests at heart

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Do not get drunk and go home with someone you don’t know. Anyone who has followed the recent turmoil knows that binge drinking is the common denominator in reported incidents of campus assault. A drunken stupor never justifies criminal behavior, but staying sober can help avoid dangerous or compromising situations. And, if you are assaulted, seek immediate help from someone you trust who is NOT affiliated with the college. Remember, the college’s interests are not your own. Call your parents or another trusted adult, call 911, seek medical attention, or call a rape hotline. The Justice Department estimates approximately 1 in 53 college women will be victims of rape or sexual assault Continue reading

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