New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Officials concerned about TB
LUBBOCK (AP) — Concerned that about 2,800 people might have been exposed to tuberculosis at a West Texas hospital, state health officials are mailing warnings encouraging testing for the disease.
The possible exposure at Lubbock’s University Medical Center occurred between September and November of last year, but the hospital was not alerted until last month. Privacy laws don’t allow the
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Symptoms of pill use differs
Manuel Vasquez and Travis Dedek are charged with delivery and possession of a controlled substance, while Adam Castilleja is charged with possession of a controlled substance.
All four men currently are free on bond while awaiting trial.
Rust said the Smithers case is a rare opportunity for officers to fully investigate an overdose death and arrest those suspected of supplying the deadly drugs.
“We’ve had several overdose deaths, but this is possi-
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hospital to name who caused the possible exposure to TB.
Hospital employees are tested for TB each year, hospital spokesman Greg Bruce.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said only people who receive the letter should be tested. The agency stressed this was not an outbreak.
“Theres no immediate danger,’’ Bruce told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for Thursday editions.
"I would say to keep prescriptions out of reach, but what’s out of reach to a 17-year-old?”
— Mike Rust
New Braunfels police lieutenant
bly the first time we have been able to identify the people who are possibly responsible,’’ he said.
Waldrip said those who are arrested for abuse of prescription drugs might face misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the type and amount of the drug.
“Fentanyl would be a felony,” he said.
Comal County Sheriff’s Capt. Dennis Koepp said that prescription drug arrests are
TB is caused by bacteria that can attack the kidney, spine and brain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease can be fatal if left untreated.
Letters are standard procedure whenever TB is reported, state health services spokesman Barry Wilson said. I ie noted that officials were liberal in compiling the list of people who might have been exposed.
not a significant or increasing part of the county’s drug problem.
However, Rust said that prescription drug abuse makes up about 25 percent of the city’s drug cases.
“We’ve always had our share but they seem to be getting more popular with the younger people,” he said. “I don’t know if they don’t think of it as a hard drug or if prescriptions are just easier to get from their parents’ medicine cabinets.’’
Rust said that some of the symptoms of prescription drug abuse are different than those of illicit drug abuse.
“There won’t be a smell because they usually are swallowing a pill,” he said. “I would say to keep prescrip-
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Accident files available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
insurance claims, also can be faxed to either an individual or an insurance company.
Now, those reports are available for a $3 fee through policereports.us, or through the police department’s Web site.
The fee is payable by credit or debit card and the site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
New Braunfels is one of 21 Texas law enforcement agencies that make accident reports available online, including the I lays County sheriff’s office, San Marcos Police Department
and Georgetown Police Department.
Comal County sheriff’s Lt. Brent Paullus said Friday he did not know of any plans to put the county’s accident reports online.
Because the information is accessed through an outside site, Viramontes said she did not have a record of the number of people who have used the service since it has been available.
Department employees scan all reports to be posted on the site before filing them, but Viramontes said many people still choose to pick up the reports or request to have the reports faxed to avoid paying a fee.
“I guess it’s too soon to tell if it it will be less work,” she said. “I think it will be easier when it catches on, especially during the summer when people are here from out of town."
tions out of reach, but what’s out of reach to a 17-year-old?”
Rust said that mood swings, dilated pupils and slurred speech are possible signs of drug abuse.
“You know your own children’s behavior,” he said. “If you see something suspicious, investigate it.”
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