- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The coroner in southwestern Illinois’ Madison County says two recent deaths were accidental drug overdoses.

Stephen Nonn says 40-year-old Cleophus Richardson died in May after being found unresponsive in his Wood River home. Nonn says toxicology tests showed Richardson overdosed on heroin.

Nonn says Richardson had a history of heroin abuse but reportedly had been off the drug for several years.

Nonn also says 42-year-old Stacy Hoffner of Bethalto had a history of heroin abuse and had been in recovery when she died in May. Nonn says Hoffner accessed a relative’s pain medication, and testing after her death found fentanyl and morphine in her system.

Fentanyl is a narcotic typically administered to people in chronic pain, including end-stage cancer patients. It’s considered 80 times more powerful than morphine.


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