Two Men Overdose on Opioids, One Dies - Southern Maryland Headline News

Two Men Overdose on Opioids, One Dies



LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Nov. 27, 2015)—Police in St. Mary's County report that one man died and another was sent to a local hospital after overdosing on drugs Wednesday. Deputies and rescue personnel responded to a home in Lexington Park for a medical crisis. Upon arrival, responders determined two male subjects within the home had overdosed after consuming opioids.

One of the male subjects, age 42, was revived as a result of a Narcan administration and was transported to MedStar St. Mary's where he was recovering. The second male subject, age 39, was also administered Narcan and other lifesaving efforts, however all were unsuccessful.

Police say the family of the deceased has been notified. Police also indicated that they will not be releasing the names of either individual.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioids are medications that relieve pain. They reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affect those brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful stimulus. Medications that fall within this class include hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza), codeine, and related drugs.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and is being conducted jointly between the Criminal Investigation Division and the Vice/Narcotics Division of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

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