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Ohio school board member overdoses in car, fentanyl and marijuana found inside console

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 12:37:47-05

An Akron, Ohio school board member overdosed in his vehicle Thursday night and was administered four doses of naloxone before being taken to a hospital for treatment. 

John Otterman was found unconscious in the front driver's seat of his Ford Escape on East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue around 7:51 p.m.

After EMS administered naloxone to Otterman, he was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital for treatment.

As his car was being prepared for towing, officers found a folded piece of paper inside the console of his vehicle that contained .4 grams of the white powdered substance, along with .5 grams of marijuana.

After taking it to a lab for testing, the white substance was confirmed to be fentanyl.

While talking to the police at the hospital, Otterman admitted to possessing the illegal drugs. 

He was charged with possession of marijuana and issued an immunity form in lieu of arrest for possession of fentanyl. In Ohio, the Good Samaritan Law offers immunity for people who overdose and want to seek assistance for their addiction. 

Last July, Otterman pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after police found him in his vehicle with “slurred speech and glazed over eyes” and Xanax pills. He said the pills did not belong to him. 

He received a 30-day suspended jail sentence and was fined $277, according to our media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal.

He remains at Summa Akron City Hospital for treatment.

Akron superintendent David James issued the following statement to Scripps sister station WEWS in Cleveland:

We are all concerned for Mr. Otterman and his family. Our thoughts are with all of them as they go through this challenging time.