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Man found dead in Florence Twp. home

Sandusky Register Staff • Jul 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Erie County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a man in his 50s, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said today.

The death appears to be a heroin overdose, Oliver said.

Deputies found the man dead on arrival shortly after noon Friday in his 9600 block Harrison Street home in Florence Township, Oliver said.

"There was evidence of drug use," Oliver said.

Hypodermic needles were found along with burnt spoons.

Dispatchers received a 911 call Friday around noon from relatives.

The man's name was not immediately available. Detectives will await the results of a toxicology test.

The topic of heroin use has been widely talked about throughout the state.

David Pepper, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, challenged Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine drug policies and criticized recent state cuts in local mental health funding.

Kirk Halliday, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa counties, said the new state budget bill, signed June 16, would cut state appropriations for his board by about $500,000.

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