- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - A Boulder County Jail inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell in August died from an accidental overdose of the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

Jail Division Chief Bruce Haas tells The Longmont Times-Call (https://goo.gl/2DTc4Y ) that 42-year-old Robert Wade Matthews, of Louisville, likely smuggled the drug in a body cavity after he was allowed to leave the jail on a medical furlough Aug. 28.

Haas says jail staff strip search inmates who leave on medical furloughs, but they are not allowed to conduct body cavity searches.

Matthews, who died Aug. 30, was serving a 90-day sentence on a trespassing conviction and was due for release Sept. 30

His personal physician prescribed him oxycodone during the medical furlough.



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