NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Officials say a Southern Connecticut State University student found unresponsive in his campus apartment died of a drug overdose from a substance similar to the opioid fentanyl.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill says the 21-year-old student died Aug. 6 from the effects of para-Fluorobutyryl Fentanyl, which is a fentanyl analog.
Gill tells the New Haven Register (http://bit.ly/2wNUqJE ) the drug is like fentanyl, but its chemical attachments make it structurally different. The student’s manner of death has been ruled accidental.
University spokesman Patrick Dilger described the out-of-state junior as a “vibrant and popular student.”
Dilger says the university is committed to educating students on drug use and informing them of available resources and treatment.