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Police: SLO high grad died of drug overdose, alcohol poisoning

A San Luis Obispo High School graduate who died last month shortly before his graduation from Chico State University had evidence of several drugs in his system, according to the Chico Police Department.

Stephen William Davis, 23, a 2002 graduate of San Luis Obispo High, died May 13 after coming home and falling asleep on his couch after a night of drinking with his roommate, according to the department.

A toxicology examination conducted by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office revealed evidence of Oxycodone, cocaine, morphine and codeine in his system. His blood alcohol level was 0.14.

The anti-depressant Sertraline was also found in the toxicology, said Chico Police Sgt. Rob Merrifield.

The cause of the death determined by Dr. Thomas Resk, was acute polypharmacy poisoning with acute alcohol intoxication – essentially a drug overdose combined with alcohol, Merrified said.

Police are continuing an investigation to determine who might have given Davis drugs, Merrifield said. The department may recommend prosecution after completing that investigation, he said.

Davis was known at San Luis High for his participation as a runner in track and cross country. He was level-headed and well-respected at the school, according to school Principal Will Jones.

He was a week away from graduating with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies when he died, according to Chico State officials.

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