Slippery Rock man charged in overdose death of woman

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A Slippery Rock man was charged Thursday in connection to the heroin overdose death of 21-year-old woman in February.

Shayne W. Emery, 31, was charged with drug delivery resulting in death, possession with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver.

Mr. Emery was arraigned and remains in the Butler County Prison with bond set at $100,000.

Brittany Hays, 21, spent the early morning hours of Feb. 1 with her boyfriend, Mr. Emery, after she picked him up from his job at Allegheny Mineral Corp., according to a probable cause affidavit.

Ms. Hays reportedly purchased four stamp bags of heroin after she and Mr. Emery returned to his residence. Each of the four bags were stamped in red ink: “Theraflu.” The two spent the night getting high together until Ms. Hays returned to her home at about 11 a.m. to dress for her job at 2:30 p.m., according to the affidavit.

After Ms. Hays returned from her job that evening after 11 p.m., she talked with her mother for a short while before going to her bedroom. Her mother, Melissa McClymonds, told police that’s when Ms. Hays’ bedroom light went off.

By noon the next day, Ms. Hays had not emerged from her bedroom.

When Ms. McClymonds’ other daughter went to use the bathroom, that door was locked, according to the affidavit.

The mother forced her way into the bathroom, where she found her daughter on the floor with a syringe and used stamp bags labeled “Theraflu.”

The Theraflu batch is particularly deadly because it is mixed with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that suppresses the respiratory system. Allegheny County officials issued a warning in January about the deadly combination.

The batch is believed to have caused more than 20 local deaths in January and February. Ms. Hays is one of three deaths in Butler County that were attributed to fentanyl-laced heroin, according to the coroner’s office.

Ms. Hays’ is one of three people who died this year in Butler County from fentanyl-laced heroin, according to the coroner’s office.

The case is the first the Butler County district attorney’s office has prosecuted this year in relation to the deadly drug mixture.

Michael Majchrowicz: mmajchrowicz@post-gazette.com and Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com


Michael Majchrowicz: mmajchrowicz@post-gazette.com or on Twitter @mjmajchrowicz. First Published June 20, 2014 12:00 AM


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