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No spiked drinks or counterfeit pills in recent incident

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Jun. 09, 2017 - 6:25 AM

 An investigation remains ongoing to determine the cause of a medical emergency involving one Newnan man, and the unexplained death of another Newnan man, who were both at a local restaurant on May 27. 
Though investigators are still working to determine the causes of the incidents, Lt. Tate Washington of the Newnan Police Department did address social media claims that the victims had their drinks spiked with some kind of drug or poison. 
“Spiking of the drinks – that is not going to be the case for this particular incident, especially for Mr. Jordan,” Washington said. 
Brandon Jordan, 29, had a medical emergency in the parking lot of the Brickhouse restaurant that night and was transported to Piedmont-Newnan Hospital. According to the incident report, Jordan responded to a dose of naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose.
“That is just not the issue here,” Washington said of a spiked drink.
Washington was asked if the local cases could be related to a rash of overdoses and deaths in middle Georgia that appear to be related to fake Percocet pain pills. 
“I have no indication that it is at this point,” Washington said. He said there is also no indication that the incidents were related to an opioid drug mixture known as “gray death.”
The cause of death for Danny Freeman, who was found dead by friends the following day, is unknown, and it will likely be several weeks or months before there is a definitive answer. 
“I’m not even going to speculate,” Washington said. 
A representative from the Brickhouse said that while he is deeply saddened by the death of Freeman, he is glad to know that investigators are saying there is no truth to the spiked drink theory. 
“We are all hoping that they find out the where, what, when and how all this transpired,” he said.