Drug Overdose Caused Death of US Sailors in Georgia
Within one week, two US sailors based at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia have died from apparent drug overdoses.
Petty Officer First Class Brian Jerrell was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in his off-base residence on October 12, according to Navy Cmdr. Sarah Self-Kyler.
Just four days later, Jerrell’s roommate, Petty Officer Second Class Ty Bell, was also found dead from an apparent drug overdose.
Jerrell has been a sailor assigned to the Trident Training Facility, and Bell had been assigned to the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Wyoming.
“Tragically, we have lost two sailors in less than a week to apparent drug overdoses,” said Self-Kyler. “The submarine force and Kings Bay leadership are taking these events seriously,” she continued, adding that there has been an ordered urinalysis sweep of all Kings Bay command.
A toxicology report is still pending, but a Navy official said that cocaine is the suspected cause of these drug overdoses.
The submarine force and Kings Bay leadership will be increasing the frequency of urinalysis testing, command-wide unit sweeps, shipboard health and comfort inspections.
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