Fentanyl blamed for second mysterious death at Oklahoma City home
OKLAHOMA CITY – Nearly three months after the deaths of three people in an Oklahoma City home, officials are one step closer to finding out what caused all of their deaths.
A man called 911 when he says he was getting ready for work and no one was getting up.
“He starts to check on his family members, and that’s when he realized something was terribly wrong when he couldn’t awaken anyone in the house,” said Oklahoma City Fire Department District Chief Sean Cobb.
Fire crews immediately started opening windows in case of carbon monoxide poisoning, but officials say they did not get a reading on their CO device.
Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and one person died at the hospital.
Officials identified those who died in the home as Susan Hadley, Christie Schlund and Jeffrey Vaughn.
Last month, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Vaughn died of “acute combined fentanyl and oxycodone toxicity.”
On Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office released its findings related to Susan Hadley’s death.
Officials determined the 65-year-old also died from fentanyl, labeling her death as an accident.
Fentanyl is meant for patients with extreme, debilitating pain.
“Fentanyl is very, very powerful. In some cases, it can be several times stronger than just traditional opiates,” said Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward.
A report from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office shows Fentanyl killed 47 Oklahomans from last summer to February of this year.
So far, the medical examiner has not released the findings related to the Schlund’s death.