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UGA overdose should be warning, cops say

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:20 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities on Wednesday said a 21-year-old University of Georgia student found dead in his East Campus Village dorm room three months ago died from an accidental drug overdose.


After an autopsy did not yield immediate answers, the state Medical Examiner’s Office and the Clarke County Coroner concluded from interviews, the results of toxicology tests and other evidence that David Peacock Braun died from a lethal dose of fentanyl.

UGA police said in a media release on Wednesday that use of the pain-killing drug is on the increase and warned students about its potential hazards.

“The University of Georgia Police Department would like to remind everyone of the dangers of using any illegal substances,” the media release noted. “The use of such substances has the potential to cause serious harm, up to and including death. In the last year, many areas around the country have seen an upswing in fentanyl-related overdoses, with the University of Georgia population experiencing several very similar incidents in recent months.”

Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin and shares the same biological effects as that drug, according to police. Fentanyl is known to be 50 to 100 times more potent that morphine, which is believed to be a factor in accidental overdose related deaths associated with the drug when mixed with heroin, police said.

UGA police said they found Braun in his locked room at Vandiver Hall the evening of Jan. 14 after his suitemates alerted housing officials that Braun hadn’t been seen for several days. Officers responded to the East Campus Village and used a key to enter the room in which they found the deceased Marietta computer science major.

UGA police used the tragedy as an opportunity to remind student of the dangers associated with illegal drug use.

“Aside from being against the law, engaging is such activity increases an individual’s chances of becoming the victim of other crimes associated with purchasing and using such substances,” police said. “There is also no certainty of what you are ingesting when you obtain such substances. The use of illegal substances carries the risk of physical harm or death, which is greatly increased when substances are mixed.”

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/09/14 - 05:24 pm
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What Kind?

Is fentanyl a street drug or a pharmaceutical drug?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 04/09/14 - 07:47 pm
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Sounds like a promising life

Sounds like a promising life was cut short. Condolences to the family.

This allows me to advocate again for drug testing of college students if they receive HOPE SCHOLARSHIP OR GRANT.

If state legislators see the merit in mandating testing for Food Stamp recipients, then the same can be argued for college students on HOPE.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 04/09/14 - 11:25 pm
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I will continue to say, put all convicted drug dealers in jail for life. If there is no one to sell the dope, then no one will be able to buy dope. I know it sounds too simple but, in countries that eliminate drug dealers there is no drug problem. Who do you want to have in society, a drug dealer or college student?

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corgimom 04/10/14 - 07:11 am
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LL, fentanyl is a

LL, fentanyl is a pharmaceutical drug, it's usually prescribed for people that have severe pain issues, like somebody who has terminal cancer or who has serious injuries. It is so powerful that it isn't routinely prescribed, somebody has to be pretty bad off to get it.

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Airman 04/10/14 - 07:16 am
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Little Lamb

Fentenyl is pharmaceutial; it is used in the patch form mostly for pain management for people with cancer etc. I was on the strongest does available for years when I became immune to the dosage. It is designed for 72 hour use, my doctor had me changing it every 48. I am now on Avinza, extend relief morphine capsules, they control the pain and now I have my life back after years in a fog. Everyone has noticed the change in me so I did more research and learned that people are breaking in to nursing homes at night stealing the patches off patients. The addiction is that bad. Google it and it will scare the hell out of you

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/10/14 - 08:09 am
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Thanks

Thanks for the info. I was asking because of the last paragraph of the story, where the police spokesman said, “There is also no certainty of what you are ingesting when you obtain such substances.”

If you steal someone's fentanyl, you would know what you are ingesting.

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