According to Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon, his office responded Thursday morning to a home in the 1300 block of south Elm Street in Centralia , for a deceased male.
Deputy Coroner Doug Krutsinger arrived at the residence at 11:25 a.m. and reported Fischer dead at the scene.
Cannon says an investigation into Fischer’s death is currently being conducted by his office and the Centralia Police Department.
Biological samples were taken and submitted for toxicology testing to obtain a definite identification of any illicit substances in Fischer’s system, if any.
Cannon states that while this is an on-going investigation and a definitive cause of death has not yet been established, it is crucial that area residents take particular notice of the dangers of illicit drug use and abuse.
He notes there has been a marked increase recently of inadvertent overdoses, particularly of heroin, because there is no way to determine the potency or strength of any dose ingested.
Cannon says it is clear that many, if not all, of these recent overdoses are the result of a particularly potent strain of heroin being circulated in the area.
He urges all residents to seek help for themselves and others who may be chemically dependent or incidental users of this drug, and be aware that even a dose which might normally be considered “small” can kill.