Medical officials: Fentanyl, oxycodone blamed for man’s mysterious death in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY – Almost two months after the mysterious deaths of three people in an Oklahoma City home, officials know what killed one of those victims.
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.
On Monday, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Vaughn died of “acute combined fentanyl and oxycodone toxicity.”
His manner of death was ruled 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.
Hadley and Schlund’s causes of death are still pending.