Cause of death released for RU freshman found dead in jail

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DUBLIN, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Virginia's medical examiner's office has released the cause of death of an inmate who died while in custody at the New River Valley Regional jail.

18-year-old Aris Eduardo Lobo-Perez died in September after he was found unresponsive in his cell. The cause of death has been ruled to be accidental acute buprenorphine toxicity with the contribution of chronic asthma.

Buprenorphine is an opioid used to treat opioid addiction, acute pain, and chronic pain.

He was found dead during routine security and well-being checks at the jail, according to NRVRJ Superintendent Gregory Winston. He had been arrested the night before for public intoxication.

Radford University officials say Lobo-Perez was a freshman enrolled in classes for the Fall 2019 semester. He was majoring in Sports Management.

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