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A 22-year-old Rochester Hills man died Monday night after going into cardiac arrest en route to a hospital, where he was to be treated for what authorities believe is an opioid overdose, police said.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office and the Rochester Hills Fire Department responded to the 700 block of Cambridge, after a 911 call stated the man was unresponsive. That's south of Walton Boulevard and east of Adams. They arrived to find the man lying on his bedroom floor, "unresponsive and not breathing," the sheriff's office's statement on the death said.

 

Authorities dispensed naloxone, the opioid antidote that reverses overdoses, and the man regained consciousness.

Medics were transporting him to Ascension-Crittendon Hospital when the man "became combative" with paramedics before going into cardiac arrest.

Hospital personnel were unable to revive him. 

The man who died "was known to have a history of opioid and drug abuse," and both drugs and drug paraphernalia were found at the home. 

Police are investigating, and the Oakland County Medical Examiner has taken the man's body into custody and will conduct an autopsy.

 

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