Newsletter - In The News - Houston Drugshttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugsen-us2019-04-24T03:43:00.1691684-05:00Anger, hope from families and survivors of opioid crisishttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1983/28/2019 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="https://www.chron.com/news/medical/article/Anger-hope-from-families-and-survivors-of-opioid-13718303.php">&lt;&lt;Full Story&gt;&gt;</a></span></div>Opioid epidemic is a uniquely American problemhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1781/30/2019 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 Numbershttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1721/15/2019 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="https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/monitoring-future-2018-survey-results">&lt;&lt;See More&gt;&gt;</a></div>1 Dead 12 Hospitalized in Mass Fentanyl Overdosehttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1771/13/2019 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 everywherehttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=16710/17/2018 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="http://www.ourtribune.com/community-2/20248-narcotics-drugs-of-abuse-are-everywhere-says-houston-police.html">&lt;&lt;Full Article&gt;&gt;</a></font></div>Family's Fentanyl Tragedyhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1556/18/2018 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 oilhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1535/24/2018 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 Fentanylhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=12712/20/2017 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 Houstonhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1228/18/2017 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 Lollipopshttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1157/12/2017 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 - Carfentanilhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1045/30/2017 12:00:00 AMThe Risks of CarfentanilKush Laced with Paint Thinnerhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=1014/20/2017 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="http://www.khou.com/news/local/hpd-chief-in-kush-crackdown-drugs-were-laced-with-paint-thinner/432930715">&lt;&lt;See More&gt;&gt;</a><br><br><br><br></span>Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pillshttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=954/19/2017 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">On October 26, 2015, CDC issued HAN 384 (<a href="http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00384.asp">http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00384.asp</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="https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00395.asp">See More&gt;&gt;</a></font>Mayor: Several 'Kush' stores shut down, others issued restraining orderhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=808/11/2016 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 Smugglinghttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=683/28/2016 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 Operationhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=673/4/2016 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 Catcherhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=662/29/2016 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 Conspiracyhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=6512/8/2015 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 deadlyhttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=389/30/2015 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.Texas law enforcement hopes to “Stop Drugs” through texted tipshttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=339/17/2015 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.Websites aimed at attracting anti-drug tipstershttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=309/17/2015 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.Feds make cyber push to fight Houston epidemic of meth, other drugshttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=299/17/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>As Houston fights an epidemic of methamphetamine, &#8220;synthetic marijuana&#8221; and other illegal drugs, top law-enforcement officers are to unveil a network of Web sites aimed at potential users and their families.</p><p>A news conference, of Who&#8217;s Who in law enforcement in this region, is set for Thursday.Houston area gets new tool to fight drug use, manufacturinghttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=289/16/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>Members of the Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area will gather Thursday to announce a new initiative in combating drug-related problems in southeast Texas.</p><p>This initiative is aimed at helping communities stretching from Beaumont, to Montgomery County, down to Corpus Christi.Increase in Reported Adverse Health Effects Related to Synthetic Cannabinoid Usehttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=236/12/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>On April 6, 2015, CDC received notification of an increase in telephone calls to U.S. poison centers related to synthetic cannabinoid use.Houston City Council Bans Synthetic Marijuanahttps://stopdrugshouston.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News - Houston Drugs&newsletterid=110/8/2014 12:00:00 AM<p>Synthetic marijuana is now illegal in the city of Houston.</p><p>The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday &#8212; and without discussion &#8212; to prohibit the possession, sale, manufacture and distribution of synthetic drugs.