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Report: Man died of overdose outside Camden home

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From staff reports

Sunday, January 14, 2018

CAMDEN — A Pasquotank County man whose body was found outside a residence in Camden County more than six months ago died of a drug overdose, state medical officials said.

John Goodman Barclift Jr., 32, died June 26 as a result of the combined effects of heroin, cocaine and methadone, the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said in autopsy and toxicology reports released this past Monday.

Camden deputies responded to a call from a residence in the Taylor’s Beach area northwest of the Shiloh community and saw Barclift’s body in the yard. Investigators apparently spoke with the property owner, Elliott W. Jacobs Jr. Sheriff Tony Perry had said about the only information his office could obtain was that Barclift, a carpenter by trade, had been working on a house.

According to the chief medical examiner’s office, Barclift was in the company of some women “doing heroin” and they dropped him off at the residence, where he vomited and passed out.

The chief medical examiner’s office said Barclift had a prior medical history of both obesity and substance abuse. The chief medical examiner’s office said Barclift had been going to a methadone clinic but had continued to use heroin. The chief medical examiner’s office said Barclift, approximately 10 days before his death, had been resuscitated from a drug overdose.

Methadone can be used to treat moderate to severe pain and also can be used to treat an addiction to narcotics.

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