October 26, 2007
New York's City Medical Examiner Says Detective's Death From Drugs, Not 9/11 Dust
Article in the L.A. Times -- Drugs, not 9/11 dust, cited in cop's death, from Newsday. Here's an excerpt:
The death of New York police Det. James Zadroga, which was previously linked to his work in the rubble of the World Trade Center, was caused by injections of ground-up pills, the city medical examiner's office said Thursday.
"What caused the disease was the injection of the drugs into his bloodstream, as opposed to something he breathed," said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch.
The ruling outraged the family of Zadroga, 34, who became a symbol of post-Sept. 11 illness after his death last year.
The conclusion contradicted a previous pathologist's report that said Zadroga's death was the result of his work after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
One wonders about bias, given that New York is being sued by many workers for 9/11 ailments, and the city medical examiner is employed by New York. Additionally, it's possible that any drug abuse was related to 9/11 ailments, as Detective Zadroga was taking as many as 14 medications for his health problems, as the articles notes.
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Hirsch has an outstanding reputation in New York, as evidenced by the fact that he has held his post through many different administrations, and done so through police shootings, plane crashes and terror attacks. He was hired in 1999 and has successfully kept politics out of the office.
Posted by: Eric @ New York Personal Injury Law Blog | Oct 26, 2007 11:43:37 AM