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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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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 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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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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Alcohol is a dangerous drug, and we need to maintain a strong system of control – keep the alcoholic beverage commissions strong

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“First, let’s end the pretense about what alcohol is. A mixed cocktail isn’t a soft drink. A beer isn’t the equivalent of a bottle of Gatorade. Sipping a glass of wine isn’t the same as sipping a glass of iced tea,” says Dr. Joe Godfrey, Executive Director, Alabama Citizens Action Program. “We should stop talking about alcoholic beverages as if they are no more harmful than milk or coffee.” Continue reading

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Binge Drinking Drops Among Teenagers, but not with females, lower socioeconomic groups and African-Americans

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Teens are binge drinking less, according to a new report. “It’s good news,” said the study from University of Michigan. The bad news is that frequent binge drinking is not decreasing as rapidly among members of lower socioeconomic groups, African-Americans and girls. Plus, the exception is marijuana; daily use and near-daily use of that drug have increased, while perceptions of harm have decreased. Continue reading

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Former Missouri University student sues Kappa Alpha for alcohol hazing following .41 BAC

The Missouri University fraternity are being sued by a former MU student who was injured in a 2016 hazing event involving binge-drinking. Brandon Zingale nearly died in an alcohol-related hazing event in 2016. During the night became so intoxicated he could not take care of himself, so fraternity members put him to bed wearing a backpack to keep him from rolling onto his back and dying of asphyxiation, according to the suit. When he arrived at the hospital the next day, his blood alcohol content was .41. 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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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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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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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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Drinking to Blackout … not always the same as binge drinking – are teens learning through trial and error

One student mentions an exploit from her bygone freshman year. “I remember – well, I don’t remember it, but I was told about it – there was this one night I blacked out and then got pushed out of taxi. My friends just left me lying in the road Uptown. I woke up with gashes down both my legs and called them demanding to know how it had happened.” Continue reading

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Maine man who provided alcohol, drugs to teenagers sentenced to prison

A 20-year-old Maine man who provided alcohol and drugs to two female teenagers will serve 16 months in prison. The two girls were put on life support for alcohol poisoning in 2016. Ryan Newbert was sentenced Dec. 28, 2016 to four and a half years in prison with all but 16 months suspended. Newbert pleaded guilty to two counts of furnishing liquor to minors and two counts of aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs. Continue reading

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Travis County Underage Drinking Task force reaching young kids to combat underage drinking

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This holiday season the Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention task force is stepping up their efforts. They’re teaching kids why it’s dangerous for them to drink at a young age, and what to do if the adult they’re with is too intoxicated to drive. Continue reading

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The Four Risky Personality Traits That Put Teens at Risk for Drug Addiction

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A new antidrug program is showing promise. Called Preventure, the program recognizes how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use — and that different traits create different pathways to addiction. They focus on four risky traits: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness. Early trials show that personality testing can identify 90 percent of the highest risk children, targeting risky traits before they cause problems. Continue reading

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Texas mother, son arrested for hosting drug-filled underage drinking birthday party, police say

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Friendswood police said they arrested a 38-year-old mother and her 20-year-old son, among others, for hosting an raucous, underage drinking house party on July 7. Around 2 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the Analea subdivision when he noticed what appeared to be a disturbance in the front yard of a house. It turned out to be an underage drinking party with drugs and alcohol. Police also reported finding crushed up pills possibly for snorting. One subjected arrested was accused of having had 49 Xanax pills on him. Continue reading

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How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol and Drinking …

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At home, how Mom and Dad manage their roles — and the signals they send about alcohol use — affects their children’s future underage drinking behavior. Adolescents whose parents neither kept an eye on them nor provided a supportive home environment were more likely to binge drink. These parental behaviors, along with underage drinking, predicted binge drinking as young adults. The study suggests that parents do make a difference. Continue reading

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Town hall focuses on underage drinking in Williamson County

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Jonathan Gunter, 19, said he used to bring bourbon to high school and drink it from a red soda cup during some of his classes. Gunter, who is now in recovery and no longer attends McNeil High School, spoke Thursday night at a town hall meeting LifeSteps Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in Round Rock about underage drinking. Gunter said his parents’ intervention started him on the road to recovery. He is just a few days shy of finishing high school at University High School in Austin, a school for students in recovery. Gunter said he plans to attend college and become a social worker in substance abuse issues. “Before, I couldn’t imagine a life without drugs or alcohol,” he said. “Now I finally have a direction.” Continue reading

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Alcohol packaging targets children, group says, worrying parents

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A growing number of parents are afraid that alcohol companies are increasingly targeting their kids. The group is worried that the packaging will present problems to uninformed parents and uninformed children. Some drinks look exactly like soda and energy drinks, with just a small marking that it is alcoholic. Continue reading

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Sorry, kids, but the drinking age should stay at 21; it’s about saving lives

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It seems like conventional wisdom: The drinking age should be 18. After all, why should you be able to vote or serve your country in the military, but not legally buy a drink? But there’s a very compelling case for keeping the drinking age at 21: It saves lives. That may be hard to believe, but at its heart, the drinking age is supposed to stop people from drinking until they’re responsible adults. And the research shows it works — to some extent. So the laws may not be perfect, and they may be disobeyed at times. But the overall evidence is clear: A drinking age of 21 reduces use and saves lives. Continue reading

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