A Reed College senior was found dead of a heroin overdose this morning in an off-campus apartment.
The death is the second at Reed in two weeks after 20-year-old Jessica Ettenger was found dead in her campus dorm March 13. The Multnomah County medical examiner's office told WW this morning that the lab is still awaiting toxicology results to determine the cause of her death.
But Reed spokesman Kevin Myers says there's no evidence Ettenger died of illegal drug use.
"The medical examiner ruled out illegal drugs and alcohol in the death of Jessica Ettenger," Myers said by email. "Jessica was a strong critic of lifestyles that included drug use, and it is unfair of you to raise questions about her death like this when the facts are known to you."
Reed suffered another tragedy in
2006 2008 with the heroin-overdose death of freshman Alejandro Lluch. His death led WW to write a cover story about drugs at Reed.
Here's the email sent this morning to all Reedies.
To: The Reed College Community
From: Mike Brody, Vice President and Dean of Student Services
It is with great sorrow that I report the loss of another Reed student. Sam Tepper, a senior physics major, was found dead this morning in his off-campus apartment. The medical examiner has confirmed that an accidental heroin overdose was the cause of death.
Sam's parents are on their way to campus from the East Coast. We extend to them and to Sam's entire family and his friends our deepest condolences.
As the Reed community grieves, Student Services is providing a number of resources to help students, faculty, and staff. I implore you take advantage of these services if you are having difficulty coping.
The health and counseling center is providing extended walk-in counseling hours for students this week between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Residence life staff members are available in the dorms, and students may reach the RD or counselor on call at anytime by calling 503/771-1112 ext. 7533.
Counseling is available for faculty and staff members through EASE, Reed's employee assistance program. Counselors are available by phone 24 hours a day, seven day a week, at 1-800/654-9778. Face-to-face appointments can be scheduled at the same number.
Please check the health and counseling center website for additional information as it becomes available (http://www.reed.edu/health_center/).
I know that some students will find it difficult to concentrate on their academic work during this time of grieving. I trust that the faculty will understand and make appropriate accommodations.