Three overdoses reported in less than a week

Three people have overdosed in less than a week in Brown County, and two have died.

The incidents occurred in the Cordry-Sweetwater and Helmsburg areas on July 15, 19 and 20.

Police were called to the 7400 block of Lion Drive the evening of July 15. A man’s mother reported finding him on the floor of his home when she had come by to drop off food, a police report by Lt. Mike Moore states.

Coroner Earl Piper said that man died of an overdose. Toxicology report results, which would show the kind and amount of any drugs in his system, were not yet available. Moore said there was a possible injection site on his right arm.

Less than five days later, police responded to a home in Helmsburg for a report of a man having difficulty breathing, going in and out of consciousness and “acting strange.”

Deputy Joshua Stargell reported that the man appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and was being combative. Stargell administered two doses of naloxone with no effect. The man was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital; he survived. The officer said the man was not under arrest.

Less than 12 hours later, police and EMS were called to the 3600 block of State Road 45. Another woman called 911 after finding her son on the floor with no pulse.

Piper said that man also died of an overdose, but toxicology report results were not yet available. He said the man had been dead for a couple of hours.

Read next week’s Democrat for more information.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.