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Coroner: Bartholomew Co. Inmate Died From Meth Overdose

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Angela Blair, 42, died Oct. 7 at Bartholomew County Jail.

Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting says an inmate death at the Bartholomew County Jail last month was the result of a methamphetamine overdose and pre-existing health conditions.

Nolting says when he received the toxicology report for 42-year-old Angela Blair, he was shocked.

“The toxicology for Ms. Blair was, in the 10 or so years I’ve been doing this, was the highest concentration of methamphetamines that I’ve personally seen,” he says.

Blair requested medical attention on the night of Oct. 7 and collapsed shortly after jail staff arrived at her cell.

Nolting notes that in addition to the overdose, Blair’s autopsy revealed several pre-existing conditions.

“Those all combined with the methamphetamine led to a methamphetamine intoxication cause of death,” he says.

Nolting says he found no evidence of foul play. The Indiana State Police investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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