Hamburg Township Police investigate whether drug overdose caused 28-year-old woman's death
Hamburg Township Police are investigating whether the death of a 28-year-old Pinckney woman Friday night was caused by a drug overdose.
Officers and paramedics responded to a call about a possible drug overdose in the 10500 block of Monticello in Hamburg Township about 8:25 p.m. after Katherine (Katie) Strauss, 28, and friend Jason Hodges, 25, also of Pinckney, were found unconscious and unresponsive in a bedroom by family members, according to a Hamburg Township Police news release.
Strauss could not be revived and died. An autopsy will be preformed on Strauss's body to determine the cause of death.
Hodges was revived and arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin, which officers found along with drug paraphernalia, according to the release.
Hodges was transported to the Livingston County Jail and was arraigned Sunday and charged with possession of less than 25 grams of heroin, a sheriff's deputy said. His bail is set at $150,000.
Strauss had been released from the Livingston County Jail Friday afternoon after serving several months for burglary, the press release said.
According to the release, "addicts fail to recognize that their body's tolerance for the drug significantly changes after not using while in jail or a treatment program."
"We're getting great support from our judges and probation officers in making sure opiate addicts stay in jail long enough to get them clean," Hamburg Township Police Chief Steve Luciano said in the news release. "What we don't have is an affordable long-term in-patient treatment facility for them when they are released from jail."