Two area residents died of prescription drug overdoses, the Madison County Coroner’s Office reported Friday.
In a press release, Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said the deaths of Justin R. Genna, 24, of the 400 block of Brown Street, East Alton; and Stacey J. Taylor, 41, of the 500 block of Chouteau Drive, Granite City, were ruled accidental.
Genna was pronounced dead at his home at 8:09 a.m. Saturday, May 24. He died as a result of a “hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine intoxication.” Hydrocodone is also known as Vicodin and chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine.
In addition to the drugs indicated in the cause of death, the toxicology screen was positive for marijuana and dextromethorphan, the latter being a common ingredient in cough preparations. Blood alcohol testing was negative. The East Alton Police Department also investigated the incident.
Taylor was pronounced dead at her home at 8:09 a.m. Tuesday, July 1. She died as a result of a “polypharmacy overdose with methadone, citalopram, tramadol, and lorazepam.” The decedent had been prescribed these medications for her medical conditions, including chronic pain management.
The toxicology screen indicated the drugs as listed in the cause of death; alcohol testing was negative. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department also investigated the incident.