Monthly Archives: November 2017

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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