Prescription drugs, alcohol factor in woman's drowning

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 1:27 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – A combination of a prescription drug and small amount of alcohol appears to be a contributing factor to the drowning death of a Morris woman last month.

Constance “Connie” Stacy, 53, of Morris, drowned after her vehicle was found late on the night of Oct. 11 in a pond along Anne Lane.

The level of alcohol in her system was much lower than the legal limit, Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said, and the levels of the prescription drug were low as well.

“She was not drunk in any way ... and the level of the prescription drug again was extremely low,” Callahan said. “However, after speaking with the forensic toxicologist the combination of the prescription drug and alcohol almost certainly can put a person into a comatose state.”

Her cause of death was drowning, but the combination of the prescription and alcohol was a contributing factor, he said.

Callahan declined to release the specific prescription Stacy was taking, but said it was an “active metabolite of Benzodiazepine.”

Stacy, whose family owns That Perennial Place in Morris, was alone in her vehicle when the accident occurred. Her vehicle was found in a retention pond along Anne Lane with her inside. She was removed from the vehicle by responders and taken to Morris Hospital by Morris EMS, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room just after midnight.

Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said the investigation into Stacy’s death is not yet closed and police are still investigating.

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