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Drug Abuse

A Victim of Geography: Where Is Texas’ Drug Supply Coming From?

November 25, 2016 4:40 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

As Texas continues to reel from rampant alcohol and drug addiction, and as more and more residents succumb to overdose and other substance abuse-related causes of death, the state’s elected officials, law enforcement officers and prevention advocates are left with an increasing number of questions. Perhaps the most direct and profound of these questions is: “How is this happening?” State DEA agents seem to have their finger on the pulse of the conditions that create and sustain drug abuse within Texas’ borders; however, the problem is more complex and multilayered than many may realize, including where the drugs are coming from and how they’re getting into the hands of distributors and users.

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2016 Red Ribbon Week Spreads Awareness of Drug Addiction

October 31st marked the conclusion of this year’s Red Ribbon Week, a nine-day event meant to spread awareness and education regarding the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Red Ribbon Week was established by the National Family Partnership, an organization established in 1980 by parents affected by drug addiction in their families in an effort promote empowerment and action. Since their inception, they’ve become a national leader in prevention, education and advocacy on a mission to lead and support American families in nurturing the full potential of healthy and drug-free youth. This year marked the 31stanniversary of Red Ribbon Week, the organization’s flagship event.

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Population of Addicted Homeless Rises Dramatically in Austin

November 1, 2016 4:36 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

If you live in the Austin area and have noticed a dramatic increase in the region’s homeless population, you’re not imagining things. A recent survey conducted by Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) revels a 17 percent increase of homelessness in the past year. Part of this influx is attributable to the homeless-friendly climate found in Austin and nearby areas, where the economically disadvantaged can get a hot meal and find agreeable weather much easier than in other areas of the United States. Some shelters are serving lunch to an average of 300 homeless per day, many of whom are hoping to get a fresh start in Austin and get back on their feet.

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Holding Them Accountable: Find Out Where Your Candidates Stand on Addiction Treatment

October 26, 2016 4:35 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , ,

As coverage of the 2016 presidential election dominates virtually every media outlet in the country, far less attention is being paid to the down-ballot races that will be decided on the same day. We’ve only recently begun to hear about the importance of these contests, and it’s been largely in relation to the race for the White House. On November 8, 2016, Americans will determine the outcome of 469 separate elections (34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) that will arguably prove to have more impact on their everyday lives than who’s sitting in the Oval Office. This is an opportunity to affect real change in their community and let their voices be heard.

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