The Austin Police Department is investigating a series of Fentanyl overdoses that occurred Friday morning, resulting in two deaths.
Between midnight and 7 a.m. Friday, there were seven overdoses Austin-Travis County EMS responded to, in which 12 patients were transported to a hospital. While police have not confirmed all the exact drugs involved, they believe Fentanyl to be involved based on the side effects of the patients.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate similar but cheaper than heroin and can be taken in a pill, powder, patch, solid, or liquid form; it is lethal even in small amounts.
The seven overdoses occurred in three major multi-patient incidents:
- At 7th and Sabine streets, one was transported to the hospital and another person was declared dead on the scene.
- At 5th and Trinity streets, there were eight total people involved; there were five ambulances needed and one was declared dead on the scene.
- At 8th and Red River streets, two patients were transported to the hospital, one was in cardiac arrest but was resuscitated.
Information on the groups or the deceased has not been released, but police said some could have been homeless. ATCEMS said they believe the instances could have been linked due to the Fentanyl side effects seen, but are not directly connected.
An APD spokesperson said the instances are in line with an ongoing fentanyl crisis. In the past week, APD had administered Narcan, a treatment for overdose emergencies, at least three times and saved those people's lives. Additionally, last weekend, two juveniles overdosed on the drug.
In 2021, up until November, there were 170 overdoses to Fentanyl, up from 132 the year before. There have been 25-30 overdoses since the start of the year.
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.