Med­i­cal ex­am­iner says fen­tanyl to blame in two New Lon­don deaths

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New Lon­don — Two men who died in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents this spring had fen­tanyl in their sys­tems, Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner Dr. James Gill said this week.

Luis Ro­man, a 17-year-old found un­re­spon­sive in his 46 Linden St. home April 23, died of fen­tanyl tox­i­c­ity.

Ro­man, who worked at Neon Chicken and had com­peted on the New Lon­don High School wrestling team, died at Lawrence + Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

Le­bro Mei, the 36-year-old whose body was found in a park­ing lot on the for­mer Edger­ton School prop­erty May 7, died of acute fen­tanyl and acetylfen­tanyl in­tox­i­ca­tion.

Acetylfen­tanyl is an ana­log of fen­tanyl, mean­ing it has a struc­ture sim­i­lar to the po­tent opi­oid.

Gill also re­leased the cause of death for Jonelle Quamme, a 31-year-old found dead March 20 at the Ra­mada Inn in Gro­ton. Quamme died of acute in­tox­i­ca­tion from the com­bined ef­fects of methadone, clon­azepam and hy­drox­yzine. Brand names for the lat­ter two are Klonopin and Vis­taril, re­spec­tively.

All three deaths were ruled ac­ci­den­tal.

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