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Man found dead in truck after apparent overdose

LEALMAN — Authorities believe a man found dead inside a truck early Friday fatally mixed prescription drugs with alcohol, the sheriff's office said.

The cause of death has not been formally determined by the medical examiner. It's early, but deputies do not suspect foul play, said Sgt. Tom Nestor, sheriff's spokesman.

The man, whose identity police have not released, appeared to be sleeping when he and his friends arrived at someone's home at 5244 46th St. N. after partying.

Instead of bringing him inside, his friends left him in the truck, squeezing a sweatshirt under his head like a pillow. They told deputies he was snoring, Nestor said.

"They kept going out there and checking on him in the truck," Nestor said.

The friends checked on him again before leaving for breakfast about 7:45 a.m. When they couldn't wake him up, someone called 911, Nestor said.

Nestor said the death does not appear to be intentional or suspicious. It's also not unusual, as the Tampa Bay area has seen a huge increase in such deaths in the last few years.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has been trying to bring awareness to the area's growing prescription drug epidemic, most recently with a publicized sweep that resulted in several arrests.

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Man found dead in truck after apparent overdose 03/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 19, 2010 9:54am]
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