Newsletter - In The News - Houston Drugs The News - Houston Drugsen-us2021-03-01T14:03:56.95489-06:00Not My Kid - Everything you need to know about underage drinking The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=2301/7/2021 11:01:21 AMThe goal of this toolkit is to educate and inform parents, guardians, and adults about the dangers and implications of underage drinking; provide a guide that includes recommendations and resources to strengthen and encourage open conversation with youth about alcohol use; and promote a best practices approach to prevent and reduce substance use among youth and young adults.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri;"><a href="" style="text-decoration-line: underline;"><font color="#0080ff">&nbsp;&lt;Click Here to Download the Tool-Kit&gt;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></a></span>Overdose Deaths Accelerating During COVID-19 The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=23912/17/2020 12:00:00 AMOver 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, according to recent provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). <a href="">&lt;Read More&gt;</a>They thought they were buying heroin The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1917/22/2019 11:46:54 AM<div style=""><font face="times">The U.S. opioid crisis has evolved into a fentanyl crisis.Medical Industry Profits off Opioid Crisis The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1826/12/2019 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">The opioid crisis has ravaged through the U.S., taking hundreds of thousands of lives and costing the country an estimated $37 billion. Nearly 400,000 people died from an opioid overdose between 1999 and 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the number of overdose deaths tied to opioids was six times higher in 2017 than it was eight years prior.Anger, hope from families and survivors of opioid crisis The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1703/28/2019 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">A multimillion-dollar settlement in the nation's deadliest drug crisis brought no relief to Jodi Barber, whose 19-year-old son died of a prescription drug overdose. He became addicted to painkillers after breaking his collarbone.</font><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: times;"><a href="">&lt;&lt;Full Story&gt;&gt;</a></span></div>Opioid epidemic is a uniquely American problem The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1511/30/2019 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby. The gun was intended to kill himself.Teens Using Vaping Devices in Record Numbers The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1451/15/2019 12:00:00 AM<div>Nearly 2 in 5 students in 12th grade report past-year vaping, raising concerns about the impact on brain health and potential for addiction.</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="">&lt;&lt;See More&gt;&gt;</a></div>1 Dead 12 Hospitalized in Mass Fentanyl Overdose The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1501/13/2019 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)--sm Mt(0.8em)--sm" type="text" content="One person is dead and a dozen others were rushed to the hospital after an apparent mass fentanyl overdose in Chico, California, on Saturday morning." data-reactid="16" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42);"><font face="Times, Times New Roman">One person is dead and a dozen others were rushed to the hospital after an apparent mass fentanyl overdose in Chico, California, on Saturday morning.Four of those taken to the hospital are in critical condition, according to authorities. Police called the 13 people "friends and acquaintances," but did not provide exact relationships to the homeowner.Narcotics: Drugs of abuse are everywhere The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=14010/17/2018 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">About 30 Kingwood-area residents may have learned more about narcotics in one hour than they likely had learned over their entire lives when they attended the Feb. 20 Kingwood Positive Interaction Program (PIP) meeting.</font><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style="text-align: center;"><font face="times"><a href="">&lt;&lt;Full Article&gt;&gt;</a></font></div>Family's Fentanyl Tragedy The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1286/18/2018 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">PLAISTOW, N.H. &#8211;&nbsp; On an autumn afternoon in 2014, Jim Zanfagna received a phone call from his son-in-law, alerting him to a string of alarming messages that were surfacing on Facebook.Dangers of CBD oil The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1265/24/2018 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">The Houston Police Department has recently seized products labeled as CBD (cannabidiol) oil that was being marketed for use in vaporizers at several smoke shops in Houston. HPD executed three search warrants, recovering hundreds of bottles of this substance.HPD Cracking down on Fentanyl The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=10912/20/2017 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The City of Houston is cracking down on a highly addictive and deadly drug sweeping Houston.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">According to Mayor Sylvester Turner, the drug fentanyl or its derivative carfentanil, is a real problem in the city. He and the Houston Police Department announced a plan to target the growing issue.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">The crime lab director held up a small bag of sugar in a press conference Tuesday used to represent the amount of fentanyl that was found in a home recently.Kush Lab Discovered in Houston The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1058/18/2017 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">Firefighters say residents at a west Houston apartment complex became light-headed over a smell coming from a unit next door. They later found out the smell came from what appeared to be a kush lab.</font></div><div style=""><br></div><div style=""><font face="times">Houston Fire Department received a hazmat call in the 9200 block of Pagewood overnight.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">Firefighters were told something in an apartment was giving off a smell similar to nail polish remover that lasted for days.Meth-Laced Lollipops The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=997/12/2017 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">HOUSTON - Harris County investigators recovered nearly $1 million worth of meth-laced lollipops during seizure Monday in a north Spring neighborhood.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Deputies were responding to a call about a burglary to a home in the 9200 block of Wallingham Drive at Colony Creek subdivision.</font></div><div><font face="times">Deputies said two suspects, Evonne Mick and David Salinas were caught leaving the residence and loading a vehicle with the drug-laced candy.&nbsp;</font><span style="font-family: times;">Investigators said they found bags of the drugs loaded into the back seat of the vehicle.VICE - Carfentanil The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=905/30/2017 12:00:00 AMThe Risks of CarfentanilKush Laced with Paint Thinner The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=894/20/2017 12:00:00 AM<span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">HPD Chief Acevedo says the 600 pounds of drugs seized in the latest kush crackdown were laced with paint thinner and other poisonous material.<br><a href="">&lt;&lt;See More&gt;&gt;</a><br><br><br><br></span>Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=834/19/2017 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">On October 26, 2015, CDC issued HAN 384 (<a href=""></a>) that alerted (1) public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners of the increase in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) (i.e., non-pharmaceutical fentanyl); (2) provided recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks; and (3) encouraged states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.<br><br><br><a href="">See More&gt;&gt;</a></font>Mayor: Several 'Kush' stores shut down, others issued restraining order The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=708/11/2016 12:00:00 AM<p>HOUSTON &#8211; Several stores have been shut down and more than a dozen others have been issued restraining orders in the latest effort to fight a growing problem of &#8220;Kush&#8221; in Houston.</p><p>Mayor Sylvester Turner made the announcement Thursday morning at press conference alongside officials from the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney&#8217;s Office.Three Sentenced for Bulk Cash Smuggling The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=593/28/2016 12:00:00 AMMAR 28 (HOUSTON) - Two Houston residents and one man from Brownsville have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the attempted smuggling of a large amount of U.S. currency announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M.Seven Ordered to Federal Prison for Extensive Marijuana Grow House Operation The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=583/4/2016 12:00:00 AMMAR 04 (HOUSTON) - Three leaders and four others have been ordered to federal prison for their roles in a hydroponic marijuana growing conspiracy operating in and around Houston, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S.14 Charged in Southern District of Texas as Part of Operation Dream Catcher The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=572/29/2016 12:00:00 AMFEB 29 (HOUSTON) - A total of 14 people are now in custody on methamphetamine charges in three separate cases, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S.Local Residents Indicted in Multi-Million Dollar Ketamine Conspiracy The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=5612/8/2015 12:00:00 AMDEC 8 (HOUSTON, Texas) - Four people have been charged in a $17 million health insurance fraud scheme involving the sale of ketamine to patients without a valid prescription, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Catherine A.How a mysterious synthetic drug is making heroin even more deadly The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=299/30/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>Each tiny heroin bag was hand-stamped &#8220;Breaking Bad.&#8221; The name, a nod to the TV show about a teacher turned meth cook, was a colorful marketing ploy. And customers asked for it specifically.Websites aimed at attracting anti-drug tipsters The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=239/17/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>As Houston fights a growing wave of methamphetamine, "synthetic marijuana" and other illegal drugs, top law-enforcement officials on Thursday unveiled a network of Web sites aimed at potential crime tipsters and substance abusers.</p><p><br>The text, videos and links don't share old-school slogans - such as "Just Say No" - but an array of facts ranging from the number of Houston gangs connected to international cartels to what parents should look for if they suspect their children are using drugs.Texas law enforcement hopes to “Stop Drugs” through texted tips The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=259/17/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>HOUSTON, TX-- Drug dealers, you might wanna get out of Texas soon. Area police, sheriff's departments, the DEA, FBI, and the U.S.