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Autopsy shows Harnett couple OD'd

Posted August 1, 2011

— An autopsy report released Monday shows a Harnett County man found dead in his home in May overdosed on morphine.

Jonathan Brian Lester, 34, and his wife, Tina Marie Lester, 37, were found inside their home at 72 Emerald Lane in Broadway on May 16, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

Tina Marie Lester's cause of death was released in July. 

Tina Lester had a lethal amount of morphine in her blood high above the prescribed dosage, the autopsy found. She had knee and hip problems and had been prescribed morphine.

The report on Jonathan Lester confirms he too died of acute morphine toxicity.

Authorities have said they don't suspect foul play in the deaths.


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  • Big D 87 Aug 3, 2011

    Don't blame the doctor. Mine makes me take a urine test at any given time. I don't know how morphine is prescribed but withmost pills if there taken right then you get pain relief. however if you decide to crushem up and smoke or snort the up your nose. your going to die.

  • Gork Aug 1, 2011

    Hey, as long as Big Pharma says it's profitable and they control it, it will be legal.

  • donnaferguson Aug 1, 2011

    I get a monthly prescription for both morphine and dilaudid under the supervision of a Pain Management physician. I am required to go to her office and pick up a paper script each time. It's very sad that people choose to abuse medications that can and do help many of us with chronic pain live our lives.

  • sammyg Aug 1, 2011

    Morphine for leg & hip pain? Give me a break! What doctor wrote the prescription for that? Dig a little deeper GOLO...

  • ThePhwner Aug 1, 2011

    We still have prisons full of potheads due to the supposed public danger yet doctors give out morphine and Oxycontin like its Advil, and people end up hooked, sick, or dead thinking that since a Dr. prescribed it, its safe. Opiates are bad news unless you're under direct physician supervision.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 1, 2011

    Any think maybe the dosage was wrong or too strong?

  • edits Aug 1, 2011

    Yeah, you can get morphine. My doctor tried to prescribe it to me for my broken back but I didn't want it. Number one, it makes me sick, found that out after having it in an IV drip after back surgery and number 2 I don't want to rely on something that has the potential to cause me to ruin my life, I would rather hurt. You'd be surprised what you can get as long as you are under a doctor's care.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 1, 2011

    Didn't know you could get a prescription for morphine.

  • slimgirl04 Aug 1, 2011

    Morphine if airborn can kill everyone in the home but "mary jane" smoke may just give a contact...it's just crazy to me, anyway this poor couples death is very sad and addiction to these types of meds are so strong because after the body adjust to the prescibed dosage it becomes to longer effective to the ease the pain so they continuously increase there own dosage..so sad..it should be administered in office daily the same as methodone.

  • buffalobill-ridin-the-range Aug 1, 2011

    "it said 1 to 2 pills every 12 hours not 12 pills every 1 to 2 hours."

    but what fun is that?