Thanks to dedicated efforts from advocates across Texas, we came together and accomplished something important: we let policymakers know that powdered alcohol has no place in our state.
There’s still work left to do, and in the coming months, we’ll be calling on you to keep educating your family, friends, and elected officials about the importance of keeping this dangerous product off the shelves. But first, let’s look at what we were able to do when we worked together this session:
- On February 28, TST brought together advocates from across the state for Advocacy Day at the Texas Capitol. After a morning of training, attendees visited their representatives’ offices to educate them on the dangers of powdered alcohol and ask them to ban the product.
- In March, TST CEO Nicole Holt, along with coalition members from across the state, provided testimony on powdered alcohol before House and Senate committees. During the hearings, YLC member Andrea Marquez demonstrated how easy it would be for youth to conceal nearly 50 shots of alcohol in a makeup bag. See the video below for the same demonstration shared during TST’s Statewide Summit.
- The Texas Tribune covered powdered alcohol and the committee hearings in a featured piece on their website.
- TribTalk published op-eds about reasons for banning powdered alcohol from TST’s Sachin Kamble and YLC member Andrea Marquez.
- Coalition members and other concerned citizens called and emailed their representatives to say that an outright ban of powdered alcohol is the safest path forward for our youth.
- Powerful advocates and community leaders in Lufkin and College Station had editorials on banning powdered alcohol published in local papers.
- Efforts to classify and regulate powdered alcohol as an alcoholic beverage died in the House and Senate.
And then this happened…
Towards the end of May, we saw that the label for Lt. Blender’s “Cheat-A-Rita” has been approved and it’s getting closer to the marketplace. Though we’ve made great strides, there are still businesses out there looking to make money by selling a dangerous product that poses a threat to the health and safety of our youth, even though there’s no demand for it.
Clearly, we have more work to do.
We will continue to monitor what’s happening with powdered alcohol in Texas and throughout the United States. Be sure to stay tuned and let us know how you want to be involved. Click the “Get Involved!” button below and let us know if you would like to:
- Receive news and updates on powdered alcohol.
- Contact your representatives about banning powdered alcohol.
- Provide testimony on powdered alcohol during any interim hearings or the legislative session in 2019.
- Write an op-ed or letter to the editor for the paper in your community.
- Participate in a powdered alcohol workgroup.
Thanks for your continued support and advocacy efforts!