Coroner: Use Meth and Die; Eight Cases Under Investigation since October

Earlier this month, Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen issued a public health warning on the mounting cases of local methamphetamine-related deaths. The latest confirmed death is that of 41-year-old Edward NoisyHawk, Jr., 41, of Fort Washakie, following toxicology tests. He died on December 6th. In a verdict and case docket released Tuesday, Stratmoen said NoisyHawk's death was accidental and was due to "cerebral Hypoxic Injury due to acute alcohol and multiple drug intoxication." In layman's terms, the brain was deprived of oxygen due to the drug interaction. The relevant toxicolgy report indicated NoisyHawk's system contained blood alcohol of 0.416 percent (0.08 is the legal limit), 270 ng/mL of methamphetamine and 70 ng/mL of hydrocodone. NoisyHawk was transported to SageWest Lander and then flown by air ambulance to Casper where he died at the Wyoming Medical Center. "We are still waiting on five more suspected cases of meth-related death," Stratmoen said. "To date, we have three confirmed cases this fall." In his earlier statement, the county coroner said the deaths represent a serious spike in Methamphetamine -related or caused deaths. He said there was only one such related death in 2014, and none in the county up to October this year. With the spike in such deaths, Stratmoen reiterated that the use of methamphetamine includes a high risk of death, not to mention the criminal aspects for using the illegal substance. *Feature Photo: Law Enforcement and Emergency Responders at the scene of an alleged meth lab in Lander earlier this year. (Pitchengine Communities)* *#county10 #news *