When a man failed to wake up in his car Saturday evening, Greenwood County deputies were called out to investigate his death.
Deputies were sent at about 7:20 p.m. Saturday to the gas station at 1400 Highway 72 W., where EMS staff had already arrived and called for the Greenwood County Coroner’s Office to respond, according to a report. EMS staff told deputies they pulled the 34-year-old man out of the vehicle he was in and determined he had died.
A woman at the scene told deputies she and the man were headed home when she asked him to stop at the convenience store for a snack.
When she came back out she said she heard the man snoring, and that his falling asleep was a regular occurrence.
When she returned to the car again after tending to a personal matter, she said she couldn’t wake the man, police noted.
A Greenwood County deputy coroner found a blue residue on the inside of the man’s nose, which the report said is consistent with a drug overdose.
Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox said a toxicology report on the man who died is pending the State Law Enforcement Division’s receipt and analysis.
This year, Cox said Greenwood County has seen about six confirmed overdose-related deaths, though there are several suspected cases still pending toxicology results. In 2018, the year ended with about 27 total overdose-related deaths.
The decline in deaths this year might be attributed to increased distribution and accessibility to naloxone, a life-saving medicine meant to help reverse an opioid overdose, Cox said.
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