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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Peer pressure can limit student binge drinking, says University of Kansas study

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Peer pressure can lead college students to drink heavily. But a new study by a researcher shows that social cues can also be an effective way to get college students to stop binge drinking, too. A University of Kansas study found that the prospect of embarrassment and shame among peers may be the most effective way to keep students from drinking dangerously Continue reading

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UT Daily Texan reports that Penn State student Timothy Piazza’s alcohol poisoning/hazing death needs to be a lesson to all

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Orientation for the University of Texas comes with parties for inexperienced 18 year olds. Many of these students are looking to enter Greek life in the fall and these potential new members are thrown into alcohol based activities and a higher chance of becoming dangerously intoxicated. This is when it becomes vital for university members to know the laws that surround underage consumption and amnesty, reports the UT Daily Texan. Continue reading

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