Stars and Stripes stripes.com 04 Jan, 2021 20:30 am

An Iraq War veteran wanted rehab but wound up in jail; he overdosed and died

An Iraq War veteran wanted rehab but wound up in jail; he overdosed and died
The same day that Iraq war veteran Sean Overal collapsed and later died of an apparent heroin overdose at the Hancock County jail, he had been approved for a transfer to a drug rehab center for treatment.

(Tribune News Service) — The same day that Iraq war veteran Sean Overal collapsed and later died of an apparent heroin overdose at the Hancock County jail, he had been approved for a transfer to a drug rehab center for treatment.17 after taking drugs that another prisoner had hidden in his gastrointestinal tract and smuggled into jail, Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said in a press release.That inmate, whose identity has not yet been released to the public, is still locked up in Hancock County pending further investigation.The deputies successfully resuscitated two of the inmates, a release said, but Overal went into cardiac arrest, was taken to a Hancock County hospital, and later airlifted to Forrest General Hospital.

Instead, the 33-year-old Kiln man's family spent the following day in mourning after doctors at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg pronounced him brain-dead.The following day, Overal was arrested and jailed.

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