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November 2016 Archives

Did Texas Politics Block An Overdose Drug Grant?

Naloxone is a drug that can save the life of a person who has overdosed on opioids like heroin or prescription pain pills. In May 2016, Texas public officials started the process of applying for a $1 million federal grant to make naloxone more available within the state. But the grant was never submitted, and so Texas never got the money. What happened?

Drug crimes: K2 synthetic marijuana sends 12 to hospital

Several people in Austin landed in the hospital on Thanksgiving Day after using K2 synthetic marijuana. Authorities say multiple overdoses have resulted from the use of this narcotic. In August, police arrested 13 individuals for drug crimes involving the sale of K2 shortly before the hospitalization of 70 users within 24 hours.

DWI: BAC can still exceed .08 on morning following night before

Driving while intoxicated in Texas is as serious a crime, as it is in other states. However, sometimes people who think they did everything right find themselves facing charges of DWI the next day. Nothing that a driver eats or drinks afterward imbibing can remove alcohol from the blood. Only time can clear alcohol from the bloodstream.

A New Future For Texas Marijuana Laws?

While some recent attempts to loosen restrictive marijuana laws in Texas have failed, there are several new bills in the state legislature aimed at reducing criminal penalties and sentences for certain marijuana-related offenses. If Texas does change its marijuana laws, the state would be following a national trend. It is estimated that more than 20 percent of U.S. adults now live in areas where the drug has been legalized, with many other states taking action to reduce penalties for use.

No Refusal: More of What You Should Know

The thought of an Austin police car lighting up behind you over the holidays can put a chill on daydreams you might have of a turkey dinner with family and friends. As many of our regular readers know, the holiday season is a time when Travis County and city law enforcement agencies hit the streets to enforce what they call "no refusal weekends."

Marijuana Laws Changing With The Times

Donald Trump's nomination as president was the big story of the 2016 election. But there were other issues further down the ballot to vote on as well. The legalization of marijuana for recreational use passed in California, Massachusetts and Nevada, joining Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington and Washington, DC. As a recent story by the New York Times pointed out, the population of adults in the U.S. who can legally use marijuana has now jumped from 5 percent to more than 20 percent. States where it was on the ballot but didn't pass were Maine and Arizona.

What You Need to Know About No-Refusal Initiatives

The last thing you want to happen on a holiday weekend is to be pulled over by the police on suspicion of drunk driving. Unfortunately, it can and does happen. If it does, you will likely be asked to blow into a breathalyzer to see if your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit. Under normal circumstances, you have the right to refuse the breathalyzer test on the scene. Typically, if you refuse on the scene, police officers must obtain a blood search warrant and transport you to a hospital or other facility for a blood test.