Coroner: Montrose County Jail inmate died of drug overdose

A Montrose County work-release inmate died of a drug overdose in August while in the custody of authorities there.

Andrew Gibson, 50, who was found dead in a low-security section of the Montrose County Jail, had excessive levels of prescription morphine and valium in his system, according to the Montrose County Coroner’s Office. No alcohol was detected.

“He also had serious heart disease; there was no evidence of trauma,” the coroner’s office said in a news release.

The coroner found the death was the result of “no felonious conduct on anyone’s part.”

Montrose Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield said Gibson did not have a valid prescription for the drugs that killed him, and the drugs had not been administered by jail staff.

Canfield said he doesn’t know if Gibson consumed the drugs while outside the facility, or after he’d returned for the night on Aug. 28. No drugs were found in his possession, Canfield said.

Authorities have said Gibson likely died in the predawn hours of Aug. 29. Gibson was lying in a bed, and his death wasn’t detected by staff until 5:40 p.m. that same day.


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