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Meth overdose ruled cause of Weber County Jail inmate death

November 10, 2019

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The state medical examiner has determined the cause of death of a Weber County Jail inmate was a methamphetamine overdose.

The Standard-Examiner reports that incident reports filed by county corrections officers and nurses detail the symptomatic decline of arrestee Eric Gavin and the efforts made to save his life after he collapsed from a drug overdose.

The 39-year-old Gavin was picked up on a parole violation allegation and was in the jail for about four hours on June 12.

He later died at an Ogden hospital.

Gavin’s death occurred amid heightened concerns at jails throughout Utah about higher numbers of arrestees arriving with substance abuse or mental health problems.

The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice is studying how jails are dealing with substance abuse cases.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net