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Ingleside mother, son held in drug-induced homicide

Carolyn Stedronsky

Carolyn Stedronsky

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Updated: January 8, 2013 6:20AM

INGLESIDE — A mother and son who allegedly sold an Ingleside man prescription pain patches that he cut open, sucked on, and then later overdosed and died, have been charged with his death.

Carolyn Stedronsky, 52, and Brian Stedronsky, 32, of the 34000 Block of Oden Avenue, are both being held in Lake County Jail on $250,000 and $300,000 bond, respectively, on Class X felony charges of the drug-induced homicide of Jeffery Ferris, 30, of the 35000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Ferris’ home Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. for a death investigation. They learned that Brian Stedronsky had been trying to call Ferris and then reached out to his house mate, who had to force his way into the man’s bedroom.

Authorities said Brian and an aunt allegedly dropped off Ferris at 1 a.m., that morning after a night of partying at the Oden Avenue address where he cut open the Fentanyl patches and sucked out the gel containing the medication.

Brian told detectives that he sold Ferris the pain patches on two other occasions. He bought the patches from his mother, who had taken them from her husband who had a prescription for the medication.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office ruled Ferris’ death a homicide and sheriff’s detectives got a warrant Wednesday.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd said Thursday he would not comment on the case because the death determination was made by the former coroner, Artis Yancey.

The Federal Drug Administration advisory warns that people wearing the patches may suffer overdoses or other serious side effects if they drink alcohol, have an increase in body temperature or are exposed to heat from sources like hot tubs, saunas, heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps or heated water beds.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Fentanyl was first synthesized in Belgium in the late 1950s and has about 80 times the potency of morphine.

“The biological effects of the fentanyls are indistinguishable from those of heroin, with the exception that the Fentanyls may be hundreds of times more potent,” the DEA’s Web site reports.

Fentanyl gained international notoriety in 2002, when authorities in Moscow ended a hostage crisis at a theater by pumping an aerosol version of drug into the building, intended to put the nearly 800 hostages and their captors to sleep. In the end, 129 hostages and 41 terrorists died from breathing the gas.

In 2011, the Lake County Coroner’s Office listed four deaths attributed to Fentanyl, but there was no distinction if they were accidental overdoses or people abusing the drug and overdosing. In 2010, there were three deaths due to the drug and two in 2009.

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