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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #80 on: June 28, 2013, 22:35 »
I wish I had not read that. Not for the faint hearted.

I feel like I invaded his privacy.

After reading it, I am of the opinion that the opinion and conclusions of the  Medical Examiner of this autopsy are appropriate. 

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CAUSE OF DEATH:

TOXIC EFFECTS OF ACUTE COCAINE USE

MANNER OF DEATH:

ACCIDENT

(Medical Examiner's)  Opinion and Comment:

This initially unidentified 39-year-old white male, Ronald Joseph Corona, Jr., likely died as a result of complications of acute cocaine use. The autopsy examination did not disclose any catastrophic natural disease processes or significant acute injuries. The postmortem drug screen was positive for cocaine and a metabolite of cocaine (benzoylecgonine). No alcohol (ethyl alcohol) or other licit or illicit drugs were detected in the postmortem blood.
The findings at the scene (which reportedly were indicative of erratic behavior), combined with the autopsy findings, were consistent with a condition referred to as "Excited Delirium Syndrome," as described in Excited Delirium Syndrome by Theresa and Vincent Di Maio (copyright 2006). This condition is commonly seen in association with certain types of drug use and/or mental illness and can terminate in a sudden cardiac arrest due to the increase in catecholamines (such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine) in the bloodstream. This type of stress and stimulation results in what is commonly referred to as a "fight or flight" response that, when excessive, can trigger a cardiac dysrhythmia and sudden cardiac arrest.

Opinion and Comment, continued:

As the subject died as a complication of his acute cocaine use and there was no evidence of involvement of another/others in the subject's death, the manner of death is ruled as "accident."

The subject was positively identified by a postmortem fingerprint comparison with a copy of the subject's fingerprints reportedly obtained from law enforcement in Pennsylvania.

Carol A. Terry, M.D.


That is all one really needs to know.
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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #81 on: June 29, 2013, 00:05 »
I wish I had not read that. Not for the faint hearted.

Sorry, Mary.  I added a warning to my post. 

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I feel like I invaded his privacy.

After reading it, I am of the opinion that the opinion and conclusions of the  Medical Examiner of this autopsy are appropriate. 

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CAUSE OF DEATH:

TOXIC EFFECTS OF ACUTE COCAINE USE

MANNER OF DEATH:

ACCIDENT

(Medical Examiner's)  Opinion and Comment:

This initially unidentified 39-year-old white male, Ronald Joseph Corona, Jr., likely died as a result of complications of acute cocaine use. The autopsy examination did not disclose any catastrophic natural disease processes or significant acute injuries. The postmortem drug screen was positive for cocaine and a metabolite of cocaine (benzoylecgonine). No alcohol (ethyl alcohol) or other licit or illicit drugs were detected in the postmortem blood.
The findings at the scene (which reportedly were indicative of erratic behavior), combined with the autopsy findings, were consistent with a condition referred to as "Excited Delirium Syndrome," as described in Excited Delirium Syndrome by Theresa and Vincent Di Maio (copyright 2006). This condition is commonly seen in association with certain types of drug use and/or mental illness and can terminate in a sudden cardiac arrest due to the increase in catecholamines (such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine) in the bloodstream. This type of stress and stimulation results in what is commonly referred to as a "fight or flight" response that, when excessive, can trigger a cardiac dysrhythmia and sudden cardiac arrest.

Opinion and Comment, continued:

As the subject died as a complication of his acute cocaine use and there was no evidence of involvement of another/others in the subject's death, the manner of death is ruled as "accident."

The subject was positively identified by a postmortem fingerprint comparison with a copy of the subject's fingerprints reportedly obtained from law enforcement in Pennsylvania.

Carol A. Terry, M.D.


That is all one really needs to know.

I'd still like to know if he was running from something real, or his own demons.   :(
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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #82 on: June 29, 2013, 01:16 »
Thanks, ethercat.

I'm not sure if anything but the cocaine and his mental state were the triggers... Although the amount of cocaine in his blood was somewhat low by the time they found him ( it metabolizes with a half life of 30 mins on average), he certainly did a significant amount of cocaine before he died as evidenced by the large level of metabolites ( Benzoylecgonine ) in his system (which have a much longer half life - 6 hrs on average)

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I. Blood from iliac veins positive for (per State Crime Laboratory)
A. Cocaine, 0.18 mg/L (+/- 22%)
B. Benzoylecgonine, 9.6 mg/L (+/- 22%)

I did a bit of research and maybe the conclusion of the ME are not as conclusive as I thought... certainly there is evidence of delirium... and it was not like he had defensive wounds. But does " "Excited Delirium Syndrome" explain his condition?


The word "likely" means the cause of death is not definitive. And this comment about Excited Delirium Syndrome....

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Opinion and Comment:
This initially unidentified 39-year-old white male, Ronald Joseph Corona, Jr.,
likely died
as a result of complications of acute cocaine use. [..]

[..] The findings at the scene (which reportedly were indicative of erratic behavior), combined with the autopsy findings, were consistent with a condition referred to as "Excited Delirium Syndrome"

is questioned by some in the medical and legal fields...

Excited delirium

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Excited delirium is a condition that manifests as a combination of delirium, psychomotor agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, speech disturbances, disorientation, violent and bizarre behavior, insensitivity to pain, elevated body temperature, and superhuman strength.[1][2] Excited delirium is sometimes called excited delirium syndrome if it results in sudden death (usually via cardiac or respiratory arrest), an outcome that is sometimes associated with the use of physical control measures, including police restraint and tasers.[1][2] Excited delirium arises most commonly in male subjects with a history of serious mental illness and/or acute or chronic drug abuse, particularly stimulant drugs such as cocaine.[1][3] Alcohol withdrawal or head trauma may also contribute to the condition.[4]

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The diagnosis of excited delirium has been controversial.[5][6] Excited delirium has been listed as a cause of death by some medical examiners for several years,[7][8] mainly as a diagnosis of exclusion established on autopsy.[1] Additionally, academic discussion of excited delirium has been largely confined to forensic science literature, providing limited documentation about patients that survive the condition.[1] These circumstances have led some civil liberties groups to question the cause of death diagnosis, claiming that excited delirium has been used to "excuse and exonerate" law enforcement authorities following the death of detained subjects, a possible "conspiracy or cover-up for brutality" when restraining agitated individuals.[1][5][6] Also contributing to the controversy is the role of taser use in excited delirium deaths.[3][9] The American College of Emergency Physicians has officially recognized excited delirium as a unique syndrome[10] and "rejects the theory" that excited delirium is an "invented syndrome" used to excuse or cover-up the use of excessive force by law enforcement.[11] However, it has not been recognized as a medical or psychiatric diagnosis according to either the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) of the American Psychiatric Association or the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization.[12]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excited_delirium

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #83 on: June 29, 2013, 14:52 »
The autopsy conclusion seems plausible.

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Tachydysrhythmias cause most acute cocaine-related nontraumatic deaths. Other causes of sudden death include stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, hyperthermia, and the consequences of agitated delirium. Myocardial infarction (MI) can result from acute vasospasm, dysrhythmia, or chronic accelerated atherogenic disease.

and...

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Agitated (excited) delirium

Patients presenting with agitated delirium, also known as excited delirium, are at high risk for sudden death, with a fatality rate of approximately 10%.[14] Agitated delirium is a common presentation in patients dying from cocaine toxicity. Of cocaine-associated deaths investigated by the Medical Examiner's Department of Metropolitan Dade County, Florida, between 1979 and 1990, excited delirium was the terminal event in approximately 1 of every 6 fatalities. Patients with excited delirium had an immediate onset of bizarre and violent behavior, which included aggression, combativeness, hyperactivity, hyperthermia, extreme paranoia, unexpected strength, and/or incoherent shouting. All of these were followed by cardiorespiratory arrest.[13]

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #84 on: June 29, 2013, 16:27 »
Excellent work to obtain the autopsy report.  Of greatest interest to me is the following from page 3:

"Investigator Whaley said he had located a missing person's report from the
Norcross Police Department. It listed an individual that had been living at an
extended stay motel within a few miles of the location the decedent was found."

Who made this report?  When?  Why?  What motel?  How often were NNGA patients and staff put up there for "time outs" a/k/a do whatever the hell you want because we certainly don't give a damn? 

If I recall correctly, such temporary placements were pretty much standard operating practice for people like Brandon O who kept right on doing drugs while in the program but had family members who were able and willing to keep writing checks.

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #85 on: July 01, 2013, 18:37 »
Excellent work to obtain the autopsy report.  Of greatest interest to me is the following from page 3:

"Investigator Whaley said he had located a missing person's report from the
Norcross Police Department. It listed an individual that had been living at an
extended stay motel within a few miles of the location the decedent was found."

Who made this report?  When?  Why?

I'd like the answers to those questions also.

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What motel?

According to this article, it was the Guest Inn: http://norcross.patch.com/groups/obituaries/p/funeral-for-norcross-man-found-in-technology-park-setcce9651740


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  How often were NNGA patients and staff put up there for "time outs" a/k/a do whatever the hell you want because we certainly don't give a damn? 

If I recall correctly, such temporary placements were pretty much standard operating practice for people like Brandon O who kept right on doing drugs while in the program but had family members who were able and willing to keep writing checks.

I think it's pretty common - there have been a number of students who were dropped off at motels, homeless shelters, bus stations, etc. when Narconon (not just in Georgia) wanted them out; and we've often heard about staff relapsing and then returning to Narconon, so they must be staying somewhere while they're gone.  Perhaps someone with first-hand NN experience can comment further.
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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #86 on: July 01, 2013, 19:50 »
 This tragic affair is yet another example of the care in which NarCONon offers those whom stumble during NarCONon's so called treatment regime.

 This group of brainwashed individuals (NarCONon employee's) are NOT in any moral or professional fashion able to deal with "Real world" scenario,s like that that befell Ron Corona JR.

 I think it is "crimmnal" in allowing this organization (NarCONon of Georgia) to operate in any fashion. One of our STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES has allowed this entity to operate unimpeded for far to long.   

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #87 on: August 13, 2013, 07:03 »
Today is the one year anniversary of Ron Corona's unnecessary death.  My condolences to all who loved him, and from what I gather, that includes just about anyone who ever met him.  I know today will not be easy for those people.

Thank you to everyone who added information to this thread and elsewhere, and helped to piece this mystery together.  I've tried to weave all the information into this summary:
The Tragic, Macabre Death of Ron Corona, Jr. | Narconon Reviews.

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #88 on: August 13, 2013, 10:04 »
The death of this young man was a terrible tragedy and is more blood on the hands of Mary Rieser and the others operating Narconon of GA.

Thank you for the outstanding summary at Narconon Reviews.  And for all you do.

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #89 on: August 13, 2013, 12:35 »
Thank you, Witnessman.  That's very kind of you to say.  Hopefully, soon, we'll be able to say those that operatED Narconon of Georgia.

I'm eagerly awaiting the licensing appeal hearing later this month.
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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #90 on: August 14, 2013, 07:28 »
I'm eagerly awaiting the licensing appeal hearing later this month.

Correction, at the end of next month.
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« Reply #91 on: August 14, 2013, 09:25 »
There needs to be a push in Georgia, and other states that operate this way, to shut them down first, let them appeal the decision later.

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #92 on: August 14, 2013, 20:52 »
There needs to be a push in Georgia, and other states that operate this way, to shut them down first, let them appeal the decision later.

I agree.

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #93 on: November 11, 2013, 10:46 »
I found this in the comments here:
http://www.themortonreport.com/celebrity/hollywood/scientologys-narconon-a-legacy-of-failure-and-death/

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My cousin just died of a drug or alcohol overdose while working as a drug and alcohol counselor at Narcanon of Georgia, after "graduating" from the program. Of couse, Nacrcanon said he was "let go" before he went missing. He was found dead in an industrial park by a janitor and his body layed in a morgue, decomposing, for 10 days before he was identified. Our family is mortified!!! The only people who knew him in Georgia were Narcanon people (we are from PA) and NO ONE there cared to try to find out what happened to him. This place is a disgrace and something needs to be done! Where do we start??

Paula, if you find this, please get in touch: http://narcononreviews.net/about-narconon-reviews/contact-us/
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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #94 on: July 23, 2014, 17:33 »
Warning: Not for the faint-hearted.

We have the Ron Corona Jr. autopsy report now:
http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/Autopsy-RonCoronaJr.pdf

Is it time?

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« Reply #95 on: July 23, 2014, 17:52 »
I am fainthearted- could someone who is not please provide a tl/dr version of the autopsy?
TIA

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« Reply #96 on: July 23, 2014, 18:43 »
I think Mary summarized it fairly well in this post: http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,11780.msg31906.html#msg31906

However, the autopsy gives the impression that he was thrashing through the woods and falling down. His body was covered in shrubbery/debris and he was wet. He ended up at an office park where it appeared he had been attempting to tunnel under the building with his hands to get in.

He had nothing in his pockets. He had various abrasions and contusions.

Summary of Findings from the autopsy:
I. Blood from iliac veins positive for (per State Crime Laboratory)
A. Cocaine, 0.18 mg/L (+/- 22%)
B. Benzoylecgonine, 9.6 mg/L (+/- 22%)
II. Hepatomegaly with hepatic steatosis
III. Mild biventricular dilation of heart
IV. Superficial abrasions and contusions of head, torso, and bilateral
upper and lower extremities
V. Partial-thickness, small laceration over bony prominence of lateral left
eyebrow
VI. No evidence of significant acute traumatic injury

The manner of death was ruled accidental and the cause of death was determined to be due to toxic effects of cocaine use.

If you can't tolerate reading the entire document, you might want to read the last few pages of the autopsy in which the conclusions were made. 

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #97 on: July 24, 2014, 09:02 »
Thank you!

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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #98 on: July 26, 2014, 11:10 »
Welcome, SallySock!

(belated, sorry)
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Re: A NEW NARCONON DEATH NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
« Reply #99 on: July 26, 2014, 11:12 »
 Bump!  ;D