drugs http://kut.org en How an Intervention Changed 12th & Chicon, Austin's Most Infamous Intersection http://kut.org/post/how-intervention-changed-12th-chicon-austins-most-infamous-intersection <p>It's a pretty uneventful morning at the corner of <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/@30.273774,-97.719782,3a,75y,309.53h,90.4t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sG3_Joy2inukRxqL4RlFfMQ!2e0!6m1!1e1">12th and Chicon</a>. Buses are running smoothly and on time. There's even a new art gallery in the area.</p><p>But there was a time – not too long ago – when prostitution, drugs, and other illegal activities were going down in the open, in the middle of the day.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156277118&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:15:16 +0000 Joy Diaz 10693 at http://kut.org How an Intervention Changed 12th & Chicon, Austin's Most Infamous Intersection A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic http://kut.org/post/chinese-chemical-company-and-bath-salts-epidemic There were times a few years back when the emergency room at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse looked like a scene from a zombie movie. Dr. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:26:50 +0000 Frank Langfitt 10612 at http://kut.org A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic Why Veterans Could Influence Texas Medical Marijuana Laws http://kut.org/post/why-veterans-could-influence-texas-medical-marijuana-laws <p>Can more than 1.5 million Texas veterans change the minds of state lawmakers opposed to legalizing medical marijuana?</p><p><a href="http://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=138">William Martin</a>, director of the Drug Policy Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, poses that question in the June issue of <em>Texas Monthly</em>. In his article <a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/fighting-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-with-marijuana">“War Without End,”</a>&nbsp;Martin talks with veterans using pot to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.</p><p>"The story that’s most illustrative is a woman who uses the name&nbsp;Myst," Martin says.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152628860&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:08:48 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10534 at http://kut.org Why Veterans Could Influence Texas Medical Marijuana Laws Beezin' May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back http://kut.org/post/beezin-may-be-bogus-other-dopey-teen-fads-can-bite-back Another month, another apocalyptic news report of some weird substance that kids are abusing in pursuit of a high.<p>The most recent example is "beezin'," which supposedly involves smearing Burt's Bee's lip balm on one's eyelids. Tue, 20 May 2014 13:52:02 +0000 10453 at http://kut.org Beezin' May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back The Moyers on Addiction: A Public Family Talks About A Private Problem http://kut.org/post/moyers-addiction-public-family-talks-about-private-problem <p>Addiction affects&nbsp;<a href="http://samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm#ch7.1">nearly 23 million Americans</a>, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://samhsa.gov/">Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration</a>. Yet only about 10 percent of those affected are receiving treatment.</p><p>Addiction comes at a high price to society. It's estimated that drug and alcohol abuse costs the United States around&nbsp;<a href="http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics">$500 billion a year</a>&nbsp;in health care spending, lost productivity and crime. But perhaps the friends and families of those struggling with addiction can best attest to the emotional, psychological and social toll of the illness.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One American family knows the struggle addiction brings all too well.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149710416&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:00:17 +0000 David Brown 10425 at http://kut.org The Moyers on Addiction: A Public Family Talks About A Private Problem Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders http://kut.org/post/obama-seeks-wider-authority-release-drug-offenders Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Obama administration is formulating new rules that would give it, and the president, far more latitude to pardon or reduce the sentences of thousands of drug offenders serving long federal prison sentences.<p>The move comes amid a broad national reconsideration of mandatory minimum sentences approved by Congress in 1986, when America's big cities were in the grip of a crack cocaine-fueled crime wave.<p>"The White House has indicated it wants to consider additional clemency applications, to restore a degree of justice, fairness, and proport Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:22:12 +0000 Liz Halloran, NPR 10265 at http://kut.org Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders Report: Central Texas Home to Some of the State's Most Established Gangs http://kut.org/post/report-central-texas-home-some-states-most-established-gangs <p>The Texas Department of Public Safety released its annual report on criminal gang activity in Texas this week.</p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/2014/pr041714.htm" target="_blank"><em>Texas Gang Threat Assessment </em></a>found that gangs continue to pose a substantial threat to public safety. Central Texas is home to some of the most established gangs in the state. The report estimates that with more than 4,600 gangs, overall gang membership in this state is more than 100,000.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Trey Shaar & Maria Roque 10249 at http://kut.org Report: Central Texas Home to Some of the State's Most Established Gangs Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits http://kut.org/post/awash-cash-drug-cartels-rely-big-banks-launder-profits The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The<a href="http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2013/vol2/204066.htm" target="_blank"> State Department</a> reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:55:53 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10011 at http://kut.org Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South http://kut.org/post/border-drugs-go-north-and-cash-goes-south The international drug trade goes in two directions: Narcotics go north and money goes south. All the drug profits made on the streets of U.S. cities like Chicago and Atlanta and Dallas are funneled down to ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border where they're smuggled back into Mexico. In 2012, one federal agency alone, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized $411 million in cash hidden in vehicles, mostly heading south.<p>Once the bundles of U.S. banknotes are delivered to the cartel, the money flows in many directions. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:45:47 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10004 at http://kut.org At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status http://kut.org/post/el-chapos-arrest-punctures-drug-lords-near-mythical-status One of the world's most powerful drug lords has been captured. Mexico's head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested in an operation that Mexican officials say involved the cooperation of U.S. authorities.<p>Guzman has been on the run for years and his capture puts an end to one of the longest and most profitable careers in the drug world. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:48:37 +0000 Carrie Kahn, NPR 9832 at http://kut.org El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status FDA Asks Doctors To Stop Prescribing High-Dose Acetaminophen http://kut.org/post/fda-asks-doctors-stop-prescribing-high-dose-acetaminophen The pain reliever acetaminophen is easy on the stomach. But at high doses, the drug can be hell on the liver.<p>Now the Food and Drug Administration is <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm381650.htm">asking doctors to refrain</a> from prescribing drugs that contain high doses of acetaminophen to minimize the risk of liver damage.<p>Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in nonprescription Tylenol. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:00:50 +0000 9567 at http://kut.org FDA Asks Doctors To Stop Prescribing High-Dose Acetaminophen Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes http://kut.org/post/study-shows-texans-support-changing-how-state-punishes-drug-crimes <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses.</span> The <a href="http://www.texaspolicy.com/" target="_blank">Texas Public Policy Foundation</a>’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.&#160;&#160;<p>Marc Levin, the director for the Center for Effective Justice, said their study shows 84 percent of Texans support sending this group of people to drug rehab vs. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:19:06 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9340 at http://kut.org Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes Heroin In The 'Burbs: Women Moving From Pain Pills To The Hard Stuff http://kut.org/post/more-north-texas-women-moving-pain-pills-heroin When a heroin epidemic swept through North Texas in the 1990s, it left at least two dozen young people dead. Then the drug seemed to go into hibernation.<p>Now the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it’s seeing an alarming number of women from affluent Dallas suburbs buying heroin. And, for many, the addiction begins with prescription pain pills.<p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:52:04 +0000 Lauren Silverman 9329 at http://kut.org Heroin In The 'Burbs: Women Moving From Pain Pills To The Hard Stuff Interactive: Hearing on Prescription Drug Epidemic Among U.S. Veterans http://kut.org/post/interactive-hearing-prescription-drug-epidemic-among-us-veterans <p>According to a new report, the number of prescriptions veterans received for powerful opiates has surged since the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.</p><p>Central Texas veterans&#39; prescriptions have<a href="http://va-opiates.apps.cironline.org/#/region/15"> jumped by nearly 340 percent</a>, leading to increased risk of abuse, drug overdose and death, according to a report from the <a href="http://cironline.org/reports/va%E2%80%99s-opiate-overload-feeds-veterans%E2%80%99-addictions-overdose-deaths-5261">Center for Investigative Reporting</a>.</p><blockquote><p>Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the agency charged with helping veterans recover from war [the Department of Veterans Affairs]instead masks their pain with potent drugs, feeding addictions and contributing to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that is nearly double the national average.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:00:49 +0000 Andrew Weber 8906 at http://kut.org Interactive: Hearing on Prescription Drug Epidemic Among U.S. Veterans Alleged Mastermind of Deep Web's Hidden Drug Marketplace Has Austin Ties http://kut.org/post/alleged-mastermind-deep-webs-hidden-drug-marketplace-has-austin-ties <p>The man behind Silk Road &ndash; a site on the hidden &ldquo;deep web&rdquo; where users can buy drugs &ndash; has been arrested. And he appears to have Austin ties.</p><p>The FBI arrested Ross William Ulbricht this morning, accusing him of multiple offenses in connection with running Silk Road.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:20:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8842 at http://kut.org Alleged Mastermind of Deep Web's Hidden Drug Marketplace Has Austin Ties Border Drug Busts Putting Strain On Texas County's Budget http://kut.org/post/border-drug-busts-putting-strain-texas-countys-budget <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L3uss98f2I</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:13:50 +0000 8460 at http://kut.org Border Drug Busts Putting Strain On Texas County's Budget Why Texas Border Counties Aren't Prosecuting Some Drug Cases http://kut.org/post/why-texas-border-counties-arent-prosecuting-some-drug-cases <p>U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are making so many drug busts near the border that local officials are struggling to pay for prosecuting them, the Center for Investigative Reporting found out. We spoke with CIR reporter G.W. Schulz about <a href="http://cironline.org/reports/minor-drug-busts-border-checkpoint-breaking-texas-countys-budget-4752">what they discovered in Hudspeth County, Texas.&nbsp;</a></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:22:03 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8181 at http://kut.org Why Texas Border Counties Aren't Prosecuting Some Drug Cases Community Walk Through 12th and Chicon Saturday http://kut.org/post/community-walk-through-12th-and-chicon-saturday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin police are hosting a "community walk" Saturday through an area of the city infamous for its open-air drug market. </span>APD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has targeted the area of </span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Chicon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Streets since last year with a so-called Drug Market Intervention program modeled after an effort in High Point, North Carolina. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The program allows non-violent drug dealers to have their criminal cases suspended if they agree to work with family members or community groups to receive drug treatment and job training. The program got up and running last year after local law enforcement saw it had been used across the country with impressive results, the <em>Austin Chronicle</em> <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2012-07-13/working-the-corner/all/">reported in an extensive piece</a> last July.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 04 May 2013 00:06:07 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7621 at http://kut.org Community Walk Through 12th and Chicon Saturday Austin Wants Your Old Drugs http://kut.org/post/austin-wants-your-old-drugs <p>The City of Austin is offering a free, easy and anonymous way to dispose of expired prescription drugs.</p><p>The city will host its annual drug take-back day this Saturday at three locations around town, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.&nbsp;The three take-back locations in Austin are Cornerstone Church, City of Austin Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Barton Creek Square Mall. At these locations, residents can anonymously drop of drugs and syringes in a way that is environmentally safe.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:38:00 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7486 at http://kut.org Austin Wants Your Old Drugs Zeta Drug Money Laundering Trial Starts Today in Austin http://kut.org/post/zeta-drug-money-laundering-trial-starts-today-austin <p></p><p>Opening statements in a drug money laundering trial get underway in an Austin courtroom today.&nbsp;</p><p>Among the men charged: Jose Trevino Morales. Federal prosecutors call Morales the brother of two top leaders of the&nbsp;Zeta drug cartel, and say he’s involved in a money-laundering scheme for the cartel: hiding millions of dollars in drug money in the horse racing business in Texas and other states.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:55:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 7372 at http://kut.org Zeta Drug Money Laundering Trial Starts Today in Austin