Overdose claims life of Medical Examiner's son

 MILWAUKEE - 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.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who hosted the round-table discussion, said: “I was sitting at the same table as Brian two weeks ago in Milwaukee discussing the trail of tragedies and heartbreak that addiction leaves in its wake. No family is immune. My prayers go out to Brian and his family at this time. I will continue to fight this fight for all those who have lost loved ones.”

According to the report:

Adam Peterson had been staying at the apartment for several days. His roommate told police he awoke from a nap around 6:45 p.m. and found Peterson face down on the floor, vomit coming from his mouth. An emergency medical team was unable to resuscitate Peterson, who was pronounced dead shortly before 7:30 p.m.

In a messenger-style bag that belonged to Peterson, investigators found a plastic bag that contained topiramate, which is a nerve pain and anticonvulsant medication, and citalopram, which is used to treat depression. A razor blade and a small bag containing cotton balls were also found on the floor.

The medical examiner's report says Adam Peterson had a history of drug abuse. T

In Milwaukee County 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."

"We have tossed out our projected number of total drug-related deaths for 2016," said Karen Domagalski, the medical examiner's office's operations manager. The office had estimated that there would be a record 288 deaths in 2016, she said.

As of July 27, there had been 168 confirmed deaths, more than the total for 2012. A record 254 people died from drug-related causes in 2015.


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