Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Coalition trains school nurses to help students abusing opioids

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The Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (TCYSAPC), this spring is putting a spotlight on the opioid epidemic’s impact on women. One member of the coalition, University High School, is playing a special role. The coalition is preparing a training program for medical professionals throughout school districts under the Texas Education Agency’s Education Service Center’s Region 13. Continue reading

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Man struck, killed by alleged 21-year old drunk driver in central Austin

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A 21-year-old woman is in the Travis County Jail charged with intoxication manslaughter after police say she hit and killed a man who was walking along Red River Street early Friday morning. Austin police say the crash happened just after 3 a.m. on Red River Street. Continue reading

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Aware Awake Alive to help launch national resource center called “With Us” to prevent student deaths from alcohol hazing

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California University, Cal Poly has created a research and resource center called “With Us: The National Network for Peer Accountability” with the goal of “preventing harm and lives lost to hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, hate and bias on college campuses. Continue reading

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Presenting fake identification can result in misdemeanor, increased charges says University of Texas police

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“The police aren’t bouncers at the bar,” said UTPD Officer Michael Murphy. “When you hand a police officer a fake ID, we know it’s fake, and it’s a crime to present yourself as somebody else.” Murphy said the charges for having a fake ID range from low-level misdemeanors up to felonies, depending on the purpose of the ID. Many calls involving the use of a fake ID had additional charges related to alcohol consumption, including consumption of alcohol by a minor and public intoxication.
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UK study shows there were “no benefits” to parents introducing alcohol to teenagers at home – still leads to binge drinking later

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Children given alcohol by parents in the belief it will foster responsible drinking are more likely to become binge drinkers, a major new study has found. The six-year analysis of nearly 2,000 12 to 18-year-olds revealed there were “no benefits” to introducing alcohol to teenagers at home and that doing so only encouraged them to seek it elsewhere. Continue reading

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Alcohol death of frat pledge at FSU leads to felony hazing charges for 9 members

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Nine Florida State University fraternity members were charged with hazing in the death of a 20-year-old Andrew Coffee who authorities say drank a lethal amount of bourbon and malt liquor at an off-campus party overflowing with alcohol and strippers. Continue reading

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National Science panel’s sweeping recommendations on drunken driving; lower BAC to 0.05, checkpoints, and increase alcohol excise tax

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The nation’s more than 10,000 drunken driving deaths a year are “entirely preventable,” according to a government-commissioned report released Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. For example, states should pass laws lowering their drunken driving thresholds from a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 to 0.05. Continue reading

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Fraternity banned from Pennsylvania for pledge’s hazing death

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Four members of a Pennsylvania fraternity were sentenced after they pleaded guilty in November to felony charges of voluntary manslaughter and hindering apprehension in Michael Deng’s death, which was determined to be the result of a hazing ritual. The fraternity was also banned from the state for 10 years and ordered to pay a $112,500 fine for the 2013 hazing death. Pi Delta Psi Inc. was found guilty on the a felony count of involuntary manslaughter.
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College binge drinking often results in physical and sexual assaults

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With the rise of support started from the “Me too” Campaign, women are now becoming more vocal about their traumas and having their attackers arrested from their drunken assaults. Students lives are being ruined by the choices made will binge drinking, victim and attackers alike. About 696,000 students aged 18-24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. Worse over, about 97,000 students between 18-24 are experiencing alcohol-related sexual assaults or date rape. Continue reading

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Grand jury: Criminal charges warranted in death of 20-year old Florida State University fraternity pledge

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Andrew Coffey died earlier this month off-campus at Pi Kappa Phi’s fraternity after party. Authorities believe alcohol was involved. An investigation is still underway. A grand jury said Tuesday that it saw enough evidence for criminal charges to be filed in the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge Continue reading

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Police encounter Bethesda MD teen at alleged underage drinking party before his death

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Montgomery County police say they have body camera video of officers encountering an apparently drunk 17-year old Walt Whitman High School student in the hours before the teen died after attending a suspected underage drinking party. But police did not cite the teen for the suspected underage drinking or take him into custody. Navid Sepehri’s body was later found lying face up in a small stream nearby. The teen had apparently drowned and a bottle of vodka was found in one pocket. Continue reading

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TABC Holds Roundtable Meetings in 2018 seeking more feedback

Dec 12, 2017 — SAN MARCOS – State alcohol regulators are hosting a series of roundtable meetings across the state in the coming weeks and months, in an attempt to win favor with lawmakers and members of the alcoholic beverage … Continue reading

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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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