the republic logo

Coroner: Woman's death in Philly-area prison due to heart attack during heroin detox

Share/Save/Bookmark

DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania — Authorities say a woman found dead in a suburban Philadelphia prison cell suffered a heart attack during heroin detoxification.

The Bucks County coroner's office told The (Doylestown) Intelligencer (http://bit.ly/1jq75q5 ) that 49-year-old Marlene Yarnell of Bensalem also had a heart attack last year while in the county jail.

Dr. Joseph Campbell said Yarnell was alive when Bucks County prison guards checked on her Saturday morning, but she was found dead several hours later.

Campbell said an autopsy determined that Yarnell, a heroin addict, had heart disease, an enlarged heart and high blood pressure which contributed to her death.

County spokesman Christopher Edwards said Yarnell was on detox watch and was taking medication aimed at easing withdrawal symptoms.


Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.theintell.com

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.