May 22, 2017 11:22 PM
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Monday that another person has died of a carfentanil-related overdose.
John D. Iron Necklace, 63 of Brooklyn Park, died April 26 after a mixed-drug overdose of carfentanil and trazadone, a release stated.
That brings the total number of deaths the Hennepin County Medical Examiner has confirmed as carfentanil-related this year to 11.
Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It is used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals, and its lethal dose in humans is unknown, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The drug can come in several forms and can be absorbed through the skin or through accidental inhalation, according to the DEA. The agency said that means the drug poses a serious risk to first responders and health care workers as well.
Toxicology tests are also being done on 22-year-old Davonn McGlonn. The Champlin High School graduate was found by himself in an outhouse, slumped over with a needle sticking out of his arm in a new subdivision in Brooklyn Park last Friday.
Mischele Cunnigham said McGlonn used to hang out at her home all the time with her son. "This couldn't be any sadder," Cunnigham said. "Look at the port-a potty, this place, this construction area, and I think that could be my son. That hurts."
Her son, Alec Cunningham is a recovering addict. The Cunninghams thought that Davonn had been clean for a year since finishing treatment, but he relapsed.
"Heroin, it's poison, it's not even a drug anymore, it just kills people," said Alec Cunningham.
A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, found Davonn. She put a bouquet of yellow flowers next to the outhouse because she didn't know if Davonn had a family or if anyone cared.
Timothy Julien, a longtime friend of the Davonns, did. "It's a downward spiral, and it wrecks your whole life and the people around you," Julien said.
The funeral for Davonn McGlonn is Thursday at 11 a.m at the Billman Hunt Funeral Home, 2701 Central Avenue Northeast in Minneapolis.
Updated: May 22, 2017 11:22 PM
Created: May 22, 2017 02:26 PM
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