In a case earlier this month, a 33-year-old man whose wife of fifteen years says he had been released early from the Marion County Jail, was found with a small blue straw and a small amount of white powder at the scene of his death. The wife says she didn’t know if he had been using drugs since his release from jail, but confirmed he had used them in the past.
A medical examiner responded to that scene, as well as another with a similar situation this month.
In that case, a wife said the man was released from Marion County Jail the same day of the incident. She picked him up from the jailhouse and they arrived home. She found him halfway asleep on a bathroom toilet and after helping him into the bedroom, checked on him periodically. She called 911 once she noticed he was having trouble breathing, and administered a dose of Narcan. She tried giving him CPR until EMS arrived.
According to department records, the number of deaths represents an increase for both OPD and OFR compared to previous years.
The Ocala Police Department and Ocala Fire Rescue have collectively left behind or deployed over 70 doses of Narcan this year. Narcan is an agent designed to treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations.