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Medical examiner’s son dies of suspected overdose

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The son of the Milwaukee County medical examiner has died of a suspected drug overdose.

Twenty-nine-year-old Adam Peterson died Monday at a friend’s apartment. Emergency responders tried to administer Narcan, which can stop an opioid overdose, but it was not successful.

His father, Medical Examiner Brian Peterson, asked for privacy Thursday.

An outside agency is conducting the autopsy.

The medical examiner’s report says Adam Peterson had a history of drug abuse. The report says his bag contained a nerve pain and anticonvulsant medication, as well as citalopram, which treats depression.

The medical examiner’s office says Adam Peterson is one roughly 70 people who have died from probable drug overdoses in Milwaukee County in the past seven weeks. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the office called that figure “unprecedented.”

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