A friend’s death after overdosing on heroin, a family member said, has reignited the debate about how to deal with drug overdose in Oregon.
The friend’s husband said in a Facebook post Monday that his wife died from heroin overdose on Feb. 1 after being hospitalized for five days with a fentanyl overdose.
She died at her home in Salem.
Her husband said she was taken to a local hospital but died the same day.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office did not release the cause of death, but said her cause of birth was unknown.
“It is our belief that the family is the only ones who knew this woman,” the Facebook post said.
A spokesman for the state Department of Public Health and Human Services said that state and local coronavirus experts have been in contact with the family and that they are working to figure out the cause and manner of death.
The spokesperson said it is the department’s “strong belief” that the man was a heroin user and that there is no reason to believe the death was accidental.
The post comes after a spate of fatal overdoses in Oregon last year.
A woman in Portland who overdosed and died of a fentanyl-related overdose died in June after spending three days in the hospital.
A 26-year-old man died in Eugene in December after a fentanyl spike that killed four people.
A 27-year old man was found dead in downtown Eugene on Oct. 4, the day after his friend was found hanging from a bridge.
In January, a man who died of an apparent fentanyl overdose in the same area of Portland was found hanged from a tree in front of a bar.
The man, who was in his early 20s, was from Eugene and worked at a coffee shop, according to the Eugene Police Department.