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Mom Who Found Daughter Dead Writes Devastatingly Honest Obituary

Kelsey Endicott, 23, died of accidental overdose

(Newser) - Kathleen Errico is the latest devastated family member to take part in a heartbreaking trend: being brutally honest about a person's untimely death. Errico found her 23-year-old daughter dead in her bed, TV still on, at 3:45am on April 2. Kelsey Endicott, who leaves behind a 2-year-old son,... More »

Addict's Story Touched Obama; Months Later, She Was Dead

Jessica Grubb died of 'oxycodone toxicity' on March 2

(Newser) - "I have sobriety, good books, Netflix, and a wonderful family," Jessica Grubb wrote from a Michigan hospital on Feb. 23, ahead of hip surgery. On March 1, the 30-year-old recovering heroin addict left the hospital with an IV port in her arm and 50 prescribed pills of oxycodone.... More »

Pa. Coroner: Heroin Deaths Are Homicides

Other coroners may follow suit

(Newser) - There were two dozen drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania's Lycoming County last year—each labeled accidental. Then coroner Charles Kiessling had to pronounce his friend's son dead from a heroin overdose, though he'd promised the victim's mother he'd talk to him about overcoming his addiction.... More »

Fuel-Mountain Dew Cocktail Suspected in Boys' Deaths

Two teen boys in Tennessee died, and more have admitted to drinking the blend

(Newser) - Two teen boys in rural Tennessee are dead after apparently drinking a blend of racing fuel and Mountain Dew last week—something others have since admitted to drinking as well. Logan Stephenson, 16, was pronounced dead at his home in Greenbrier on Thursday morning, and the police chief tells WZTV... More »

Why Young Whites Are Dying Off

Drug overdose is a leading cause

(Newser) - Young white people have a problem that's only getting worse: death by drug overdose. According to a New York Times analysis of almost 60 million death certificates, young whites are dying off faster than they have since the AIDS epidemic, while young blacks and Hispanics are generally seeing death... More »

Mom Dies, Dad ODs in Daughter's Hospital Room

Dad now faces charges over suspect heroin use

(Newser) - On Facebook, Mary Ann and Wesley Landers and their two daughters looked like the "picture perfect family," says a friend. Then came "an eye-opener." Mary Ann, 32, was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in her 7-month-old daughter's room at Cincinnati Children's Hospital... More »

Man Drank Himself to Death—With Caffeine

It's the first known case to be reported in Japan

(Newser) - When an unidentified man in his 20s in Kyushu, Japan, died suddenly and inexplicably in the fall of 2014, police ordered an inquest into the cause of his death. Now Dr. Shinichi Kubo, a professor of forensics at Fukuoka University, is announcing that it appears to be the country's... More »

After 74 People Overdose, Chicago Cops Arrest 2

Gang members suspected of supplying laced heroin

(Newser) - Chicago cops have arrested two alleged drug dealers who may be linked to a huge spike in heroin overdoses that nearly left the city littered with corpses. Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, and Mario Wofford, 26, both alleged members of the Unknown Lords gang, have been charged with possession of heroin with... More »

CVS Makes Big Move in Fight Against Heroin Deaths

Stores in 14 states can now offer overdose-antidote drug naloxone without prescription

(Newser) - People in 14 states can now walk into a CVS and pick up an opioid-overdose antidote without a prescription, the company announced yesterday. Naloxone was already available in stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but now Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah,... More »

Guy's Warning Photo: This Is My Coma on Drugs

Man took unknown pills at a UK festival; his friend died

(Newser) - Several people fell seriously ill at the Kendal Calling music festival in the UK late last month, and one of them has posted a sobering photo of himself in a medically induced coma on Facebook to send a message. Jordan Blackburn, 20, was in the hospital for three days, but... More »

Inside the Story of Colorado's First 'Legal Pot' Death

The teen had no other drug in his system when he jumped to his death

(Newser) - There's a saying in the health care world: dose matters. It certainly did in the case of 19-year-old Levy Thamba, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was studying at Wyoming's Northwest College. While in Denver with friends on spring break in March of 2014,... More »

Family Pens Blunt Obit for Woman Killed by Heroin OD

Molly Alice Parks 'made a lot of bad decisions,' including drugs

(Newser) - Molly Alice Parks died last week at 24, and when you read her obituary, you won't have to wonder about the tragedy that took her life at such a young age. The New Hampshire resident "passed away in Manchester on April 16, 2015, as the result of a... More »

Cops: Wesleyan Students Took Bad Batch of MDMA

2 Wesleyan students in critical condition

(Newser) - A bad batch of MDMA is believed to have caused overdoses that sent 11 students to the hospital, according to police in Middletown, Conn. Police say at least two of the Wesleyan University students are in critical condition after taking the drug—also known as Molly—on Saturday night, reports... More »

Parks and Rec Producer Dies Days Before Finale

Harris Wittels, 30, died of suspected overdose

(Newser) - Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, was found dead yesterday of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home, police say. He was 30. Wittels, who was found by his assistant, talked about his struggles with drug abuse... More »

How a Hospital Covered Up Elvis Presley's Overdose

With help from Elvis' doctor, George Nichopoulos, book claims

(Newser) - When paramedics were called to Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, two different people told the responding medics that they believed Elvis Presley had overdosed. Though no one in the room disputed the idea, it seemed to cause "a kind of funny stir in the room," one of the... More »

In 2 Years, Heroin Deaths Double

Heroin-related deaths double over 28 states from 2010 to 2012: study

(Newser) - Heroin deaths are rising as deaths related to prescription painkiller overdoses decline, a report finds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says heroin-related deaths doubled from 2010 to 2012, based on data from 28 states, HealthDay reports. Each state saw a boost in heroin-related deaths—and in the Northeast,... More »

Medical Marijuana May Cut Painkiller ODs

States with new laws see drop in opioid deaths

(Newser) - The solution to America's addiction to painkillers may be … more drugs? A new study found a drop in painkiller overdose deaths in 13 states that allowed medical marijuana, CNN reports. That's because a patient prescribed marijuana will either stop taking opioids or take less of them, researchers... More »

Peaches Geldof Wrote in Blood: Drugs Won't Kill Me

Diary entry written using syringe: reports

(Newser) - Six years before she died of a heroin overdose , Peaches Geldof apparently swore drugs wouldn't kill her. She's said to have made the vow in her own blood—using a syringe—in the diary of rocker Pete Doherty, himself well known for drug use, the New York Daily ... More »

Peaches Geldof Was Heroin Addict: Husband

Drugs found in system too pure for relapsed addict, inquest hears

(Newser) - A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof did, indeed, die of a heroin overdose , and her husband, Thomas Cohen, admitted at the inquest looking into her April death that she was using again shortly before her death, the Guardian reports. The 25-year-old mother of two had been taking methadone for... More »

Call Girl Accused in Heroin Murder Linked to 2nd Death

Police in Georgia reopen earlier case involving her boyfriend

(Newser) - Two months before Forrest Timothy Hayes was allegedly murdered by high-end prostitute Alix Tichelman, a Georgia nightclub owner whom Tichelman identified as her boyfriend died of what appeared to be a heroin and alcohol overdose, reports CNN . Now, in the wake of Hayes' death, that case is being reopened “... More »

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