Austin Police Department and Austin Travis County EMS discuss public safety concerns due to series of drug overdoses
Mar 04, 2022
The Austin Police Department (APD) is currently investigating a series of overdose incidents that resulted in two deaths that occurred early Friday morning. While the investigations are still underway and we are still working to confirm the exact drugs involved, based on preliminary information we believe the drug Fentanyl may be involved in a few of the recent incidents. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate similar to heroin, but much more powerful.
- It can be in a pill, powder, patch, solid, or liquid form
- It can be lethal in small amounts
Investigators are currently working to confirm the drugs involved, the source of those drugs, and any connections between the victims. The community needs to be aware of this public health risk and the dangers associated with the drug Fentanyl.
Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to call APD Homicide or the Organized Crime division at 512-974-8477 (TIPS), or utilize the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous.
Members of the Austin Police Department and Austin Travis County EMS will have a media availability on Friday, March 4, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. in the PIO media room of APD Headquarters located at 715 E. 8th Street.
2022 Spring Break DWI Enforcement Initiative
Mar 04, 2022
The Austin Police Department (APD) will be conducting a DWI Enforcement Initiative and an Extended No Refusal Period that will coincide with the upcoming Spring Break holiday season. The Enforcement initiative will be in effect each night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., between March 4 and March 20, while the Extended No Refusal period will be from March 10 until March 20 nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
This initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe by encouraging drivers to make responsible decisions and to apply for blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to provide a breath or blood specimen as required by law.
APD, TXDOT, and the City of Austin Transportation Department are continuously focused on preventing lives from being lost on the streets, highways and waterways of Austin. The Department is dedicated to making the roadways and waterways of Austin safe for residents and visitors through education and enforcement.