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|Coroner's Jury: Abingdon Man Accidentally Overdosed
|The death of an Abingdon man late last year after alleged prescriptions were found in the man's pockets, and in his system has been ruled an accident. That was the finding of a Knox County Coroner's Jury Tuesday night looking into the death of 23-year old Kyle Welsh.
Knox County Sheriff's Department Detective Tim Sandrock testified that he was dispatched to a home in the 3-hundred block of North Maple Street on November 19th of last year to investigate the death of Welsh, and believes the events that lead up the death of Welsh could have had an effect. Sandrock testified that Welsh and his girlfriend were stopped by an officer in Abingdon several days earlier, at which time he was allegedly found in possession of prescription medication and marijuana. Sandrock said Welsh was nervous and had swallowed oxycotin and marijuana so the officer would not find them.
Later that night, Sandrock says, Welsh and his girlfriend went to an residence in Abingdon where they called a hospital emergency room, who told them to get checked out, but Welsh and others decided against it. Later that weekend, Welsh allegedly became agitated with a situation involving the people at that Abingdon residence and his girlfriend so he decided to go back to his residence on Maple Street.
Sandrock says his mother was the last to see him on the Sunday night before his death. Sandrock says Welsh was found to have the pain killer drug fentanyl in his pockets and prescription drugs were allegedly found in Welsh's bedroom.
A autopsy on the body of Welsh found toxic levels of fentanyl still in his system, and high levels of marijuana was found in his urine. They also saw swelling of the lungs and spleen which were signs that his body was trying to rid itself of the drugs that sent him into a coma before his death.
The coroner's jury found the death to be accidental from multiple drug toxicity.
|03 24 09 by Newsroom
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