Report: Aaron Douglas had multiple drugs in his body

Aaron Douglas, photographed in the News Sentinel studio in 2008. The former Maryville High School and University of Tennessee football standout was found dead on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Fernandina Beach, Fla. He was 21.

Aaron Douglas, photographed in the News Sentinel studio in 2008. The former Maryville High School and University of Tennessee football standout was found dead on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Fernandina Beach, Fla. He was 21.

Autopsy results released by a Florida medical examiner say former Maryville High and University of Tennessee standout football player Aaron Douglas had multiple drugs in his body when he died May 12 in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

WVLT-TV, citing the medical report, reported Monday night that several drugs, including methadone and diazepam, were in Douglas’ system.

Douglas, 21, a former freshman All-American offensive tackle with the Vols in 2009, transferred from UT after the coaching change from Lane Kiffin to Derek Dooley before his sophomore season.

He played one season at Arizona Western College, then signed with SEC rival Alabama, where he just had finished spring practice, leaving the camp as a candidate for playing time this fall with the Crimson Tide.

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tree_em_smokey writes:

What a waste of talent. I still feel for his family as I can't imagine the pain of having to bury a child.

flatrock writes:

R.I.P., Aaron. Thoughts and prayers to the Douglas family.

gilesvol writes:

The kid died 6 wks ago. Everyone was pretty sure it was drug related when the news broke. Why post this now, it only serves to pain the family that have hopefully started to heal.

BigBadVol writes:

It sucked then and it sucks now. R.I.P. Aaron. And hopefully in time the family will have some peace.

ALL_VOL75 writes:

Show a little class and respect...dont post articles like this after such a tragedy. If it were your son, or brother would you want such things printed about him? The story is that a troubled young man died before his time. Thats all anyone needs to know. Please remove this bit of slander from your web site ASAP.

HarveyDent writes:

How is it slander? Everybody knew what happened already. Heck, rumors were rampant when he missed spring practice here that he was in rehab.

BTW Im pretty sure statements have to be false for them to be libel.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Geeeeez Louise people, the autopsy results were just released. Thats why the story is in here. I would like to konw the cause of death when tragedy occurs, it helps me understand and it teaches others life lessons and how mistakes can impact your life. Lighten up, no one is smearing his name.
With that said, what is methadone and diazepam?

HarveyDent writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

Geeeeez Louise people, the autopsy results were just released. Thats why the story is in here. I would like to konw the cause of death when tragedy occurs, it helps me understand and it teaches others life lessons and how mistakes can impact your life. Lighten up, no one is smearing his name.
With that said, what is methadone and diazepam?

Diazepam is an anti anxiety medication and methadone is a very strong painkiller. I believe it is used for people with an opioid dependency so he could have had a prescription for this.

There are a lot of deaths related to methadone each year and a lot of them have to do with mixing with benzos. Diazepam is a benzo.

I just read wikipedia.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to osu2:

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Why mention politics?
He was a troubled young man and I to cant imagine loosing a child GO VOLS !!

LJS1984 writes:

in response to gilesvol:

The kid died 6 wks ago. Everyone was pretty sure it was drug related when the news broke. Why post this now, it only serves to pain the family that have hopefully started to heal.

Probably because the autopsy report was just released. In today's information and news overload world anything is game. Anything can and will be reported, so keep your nose clean. Sad story but it is fair game in this day and age.

ChattaVol1 writes:

in response to Euro_Vol:

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You left off "former"...

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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^
Should be banned.
Or castrated.

spencer1989#206886 writes:

It's always sad to see a young life taken whether intentional or accidental. He may have had a prescription.....And I did not catch where it indicated the levels he had (maybe I missed that).

When I read this it reminded me of a young high school student here that took his life by taking too many 3C's. If you are wondering about the slang word (3C's)....It's simply the Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold....Readily available for anyone over the counter (without an age requirement). I only say this because the parents of this young man had no clue, sign, or indication that he had taken anything.....Until they walked in and found him. So many cases like this are heartbreaking for the families....And taken so hard.

easleychuck writes:

A very sad story comes to its conclusion, except, it doesn't end for the ones left behind. Their loss is forever and their pain will always be there.

Stories like this need to be communicated to the kids who say it can't happen to me. It can and does happen everyday.

brod writes:

that's the problem with our society in this day and age. a drug for this, a drug for that. doctors are prescribing drugs for everything. the long term affects of some of these drugs are still not known. the short term affect of mixing these drugs is already known, and is the reason for this article. a smart doctor will tell you...don't take any drug that you don't need.

GoVols025 writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

^
Should be banned.
Or castrated.

... or both.

Stanman08 writes:

in response to gilesvol:

The kid died 6 wks ago. Everyone was pretty sure it was drug related when the news broke. Why post this now, it only serves to pain the family that have hopefully started to heal.

Autopsy analysis take time. you don't get results overnight.

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to Whatthehellsgoingonoutthere:

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Leave WitchDoctorsDaddy alone!! He has to take those stupid pills because of that accident where he fell out of the Dumb@ss Tree and hit every branch on the way down!!!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

No winners here in this sad situation.

Heart goes out to this family.

cltvol writes:

I can guess which of the posters have had drug problems near home and which have not, and I'm not singling individual ones out. One thing that needs to be addressed is the prescription pain medication scams. Its unbelievable & the state of FL has some of the most lenient accountability laws on the part of the legal prescribers and legal issuers. May or may not be AD's source for the dope, not saying that. Just stating a related set of facts.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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Witch Doctor say stay classy KNS
Bones never lie.

Homermoosevols writes:

Methadone can be used for the addiction of heroin. Not cocaine. Many believe that methadone addiction is as bad if not worse than heroin addiction. All in all, its some serious stuff. He wouldn't have a prescription to methadone in all likelihood if he wasn't abusing heroin.

lomas98 writes:

On some news sites, comments to some controversial articles are frozen so clowns cannot comment on them. I think GVX should really consider freezing comments on some of these articles so the inmates won't run wild in the asylum. I hope any relatives who may read this article don't read the comments.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say stay classy KNS
Bones never lie.

Probably won't be happening,Doc.
Class = lower post count at KNS.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to osu2:

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Man you need to stay away.... ridiculous comments at the end...

Volunatic writes:

Very sad.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

Probably won't be happening,Doc.
Class = lower post count at KNS.

Witch Doctor say Gribble a little thin skinned also. Lol
Bones never lie.

Volunatic writes:

in response to ALL_VOL75:

Show a little class and respect...dont post articles like this after such a tragedy. If it were your son, or brother would you want such things printed about him? The story is that a troubled young man died before his time. Thats all anyone needs to know. Please remove this bit of slander from your web site ASAP.

It would be "slander" if it wasn't true.
It is newsworthy, because he was newsworthy. He was a hometown star, who also had a lot of potential for a pro football career.
Hopefully, this will serve as a warning to young people who might have looked up to him to not make the same mistakes.
RIP Aaron.

Tennesseebob writes:

in response to gilesvol:

The kid died 6 wks ago. Everyone was pretty sure it was drug related when the news broke. Why post this now, it only serves to pain the family that have hopefully started to heal.

This was posted now because the FL Medical Examiner just released the autopsy. I can't believe gilesvol would ask such a question. You don't think the parents would want to know what killed their son?

Volgrad777 writes:

Its amazing to read the ignorance of some of you. Methadone is a serious pain management drug that is used to treat opiod dependency of all kinds. Heroin yes, but also largely used to treat addicts of oxycontin, oxycodone, hydorcodone, etch. Its basically used to treat addicts of all opiates. Aaron was likely being administered the drug through a clinic. The Diazepam is basically valium. Mixing those two drugs is about the worst combination you can image as it easily can stop a persons heart. Addiction to opiates is a major problem in this country and treating it with Methadone is NOT the answer. Methadone addiction is far worse than heroin addiction. Methadone has a very long half life and stays in ones system for weeks. Withdrawl from Methadone can take up to a full year. Heroin generally takes up to a month. Please, folks dont toss our information on these subjects if you are not aware of the facts. All of this said, my condolences to the family and it is my hope that perhaps you can bring some awareness to this epedemic.

ZacharyUTK writes:

in response to Euro_Vol:

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Once a Vol, always a Vol.

UkJarhead writes:

All of this is just a sad commentary on what we have become as a nation. I'm not talking about the drug use. That has been well documented and written about. I'm referring to the non stop curiosity that we have to know other peoples business. These results would not have been written about in the paper if it were me or you, a commoner. Just like these busted mags; we are so curious to know what's going on in the lives of others that decency is out the window. Just because its legal don't make it right. And unfortunately, right and wrong doesn't outweigh the nosy neighbor factor. It was wrong to post this article, but legal. The family knew the results before we did and anyone that they wanted to know the results, they will share them with. But it's legal. Posting arrest in a newspaper for public folly is legal, but wrong. At the very least put in paper post-conviction, not before disposition. It's a sad state of affairs around here.

tensie2004 writes:

in response to Euro_Vol:

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Yes, Aaron had cut his ties with the University of Tennessee and belonged to Alabama. Still I feel for the Douglas Family(they are vols for life), no parent should ever have to bury their children, that has to be the most terrible thing that I could imagine and that is not the way life is suppossed to play out. RIP Aaron.

us43137415#376444 writes:

in response to gilesvol:

The kid died 6 wks ago. Everyone was pretty sure it was drug related when the news broke. Why post this now, it only serves to pain the family that have hopefully started to heal.

The key to your comment is "everybody was pretty sure it was drug-related."

That's the problem with you and much of society.

We're rather believe rumors and innuendo, rather than the facts, and know for sure.

Obviously, you'd rather believe the rumor and gossip, yet hide the truth once it's known.

Why NOT post the autopsy results now, when the report is released? Do you want the news, "to HIDE the news?"

You'd be the very one to yell "COVERUP" if it's known, and not printed. You cannot have it both ways.

While I feel for the family during their pain and loss, and Aaron was a personal friend of mine, as parents of children in the public eye, they accept the fact that there are things in their child's background that are public record.

His autopsy report is an open record, viewable just like any public document at the coroner's office.

Just remember the good things about the person, and pray that others learn to avoid the demons that can sway all of us.

UkJarhead writes:

in response to us43137415#376444:

The key to your comment is "everybody was pretty sure it was drug-related."

That's the problem with you and much of society.

We're rather believe rumors and innuendo, rather than the facts, and know for sure.

Obviously, you'd rather believe the rumor and gossip, yet hide the truth once it's known.

Why NOT post the autopsy results now, when the report is released? Do you want the news, "to HIDE the news?"

You'd be the very one to yell "COVERUP" if it's known, and not printed. You cannot have it both ways.

While I feel for the family during their pain and loss, and Aaron was a personal friend of mine, as parents of children in the public eye, they accept the fact that there are things in their child's background that are public record.

His autopsy report is an open record, viewable just like any public document at the coroner's office.

Just remember the good things about the person, and pray that others learn to avoid the demons that can sway all of us.

Your attitude is the reason I typed above message. Nobody is questioning the legality of publishing results. But is it necessary and appropriate?

JSamson7 writes:

in response to tensie2004:

Yes, Aaron had cut his ties with the University of Tennessee and belonged to Alabama. Still I feel for the Douglas Family(they are vols for life), no parent should ever have to bury their children, that has to be the most terrible thing that I could imagine and that is not the way life is suppossed to play out. RIP Aaron.

Aaron did NOT cut his ties with UT, he cut his ties w/ the current staff & Dooley as he didn't come tp lay for either of them. He came to play for Fulmer (his dad's mentor & coach) & to be honest he would've left after Fulmer was let go much sooner if it wasn't for David & Karla. RIP little-big brother & please forgive these self important idiots on here who claim to be Vols when they're nothing more that idiotic fans...

xliveitup writes:

ROCKYTOP, YOULL ALWAYS BE...HOME SWEET HOME TO ME. GOOD OLE ROCKYTOP...ROCKYTOP TENNESSEE! ROCKYTOP TENNESSEE!
GO BIG ORANGE!
GO BIG ORANGE!
GO BIG ORANGE!
GO BIG ORANGE!

Volunatic writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

All of this is just a sad commentary on what we have become as a nation. I'm not talking about the drug use. That has been well documented and written about. I'm referring to the non stop curiosity that we have to know other peoples business. These results would not have been written about in the paper if it were me or you, a commoner. Just like these busted mags; we are so curious to know what's going on in the lives of others that decency is out the window. Just because its legal don't make it right. And unfortunately, right and wrong doesn't outweigh the nosy neighbor factor. It was wrong to post this article, but legal. The family knew the results before we did and anyone that they wanted to know the results, they will share them with. But it's legal. Posting arrest in a newspaper for public folly is legal, but wrong. At the very least put in paper post-conviction, not before disposition. It's a sad state of affairs around here.

Posting messages on the message boards for this article, even when the message is a complaint about the article, is evidence that KNS succeeded in getting you to read it. Your approval of the article has been logged by their servers.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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And this is somehow important to you?

murrayvol writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

No winners here in this sad situation.

Heart goes out to this family.

Indeed.

tensie2004 writes:

in response to JSamson7:

Aaron did NOT cut his ties with UT, he cut his ties w/ the current staff & Dooley as he didn't come tp lay for either of them. He came to play for Fulmer (his dad's mentor & coach) & to be honest he would've left after Fulmer was let go much sooner if it wasn't for David & Karla. RIP little-big brother & please forgive these self important idiots on here who claim to be Vols when they're nothing more that idiotic fans...

If there is an idiot on here then it is YOU. How dare you say "claim to be vol fans" you self serving piece of *hit. Like it or not, Aaron signed a grant in aid with my university - THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE not the University OF PHIL FULMER. He did cut his ties with THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Douglas Family and I do feel sorry for them in their time of need and as I said, "no parent should ever have to bury their child, its a terrible thing to have to do." So don't come on here and act so self serving and preach to me without truly knowing my feeling because you don't comprehend what I have written. You must have been one of Aaron's or Phil's friends in Maryville and were blinded by my post that again had nothing but respect for the Douglas Family.

easleychuck writes:

in response to lomas98:

On some news sites, comments to some controversial articles are frozen so clowns cannot comment on them. I think GVX should really consider freezing comments on some of these articles so the inmates won't run wild in the asylum. I hope any relatives who may read this article don't read the comments.

There has been an option for quite sometime of having the comments read, turned on or off.

Wee_Knee writes:

....that many high profile drugs.....and they say accident........ Uh.....yeah....right......... Sounds like endulgence to me......

VolGrad writes:

in response to Wee_Knee:

....that many high profile drugs.....and they say accident........ Uh.....yeah....right......... Sounds like endulgence to me......

That's indulgence..., and it does equate to accidental if you die from it.

On the other hand, suicide is purposeful. If one "indulgences" in something (anything really, even eating that 72oz steak), their intent is typically not to kill themselves. Therefore, if they die from it, it is accidental.

Whether one's death is classified accidental or not has absolutely nothing to do with whether they were "indulging" in something legal, illegal, prescribed or otherwise.

....

VolGrad writes:

Upon reading several of these comments it is extremely amazing to me how many people have selective memories about their own adolescent years. To come across as if you have never engaged in any activity more dangerous than pitching pennies or playing "old maid" during your 20-somethings is a bit hard to believe. The few I have met who may actually qualify for that are much less judgemental of everyone else; rather, they just consider themselves incredibly blessed and fortunate.

There were several times during my young and stupid days when I was in places I did not need to be and doing things I did not need to do. Most of the time, I did not see, know or comprehend the danger of it all at that time. I certainly never planned on dying from any of it. But when I look back, I realize how very fortunate I was to live through some of those occasions. And whenever I see a story like this one, it reminds me again of how fortunate I was during those years.

And when I hear some of you who are calloused enough to slam this young man, even after his death, as if you are a bunch of spotless, innocent lil' beacons of light that never so much as took a cr@p in your lives... (well, I don't need to finish that remark).

Anyway, my heart does go out to his family once again. They are the ones who have to daily battle the 2nd guessing, the "what could we have done differently," and cope with the void that remains.

us43137415#376444 writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

Your attitude is the reason I typed above message. Nobody is questioning the legality of publishing results. But is it necessary and appropriate?

My attitude has nothing to do with your comment.

Neither has the legality of the comment.

It's called THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

When has it ever mattered about what is necessary and appropriate about a news story, that is covered by the public's right to know?

Don't question my attitude. Read the case law concerning the public's right to know and don't confuse that by withholding public information, whether it's hurtful to someone else or not. The law makes no distinction, and neither does the public's attitude.

But I digress. Pray for the Douglass family and Aaron's friends (me included), so that they can find peace in their loss.

HarveyDent writes:

in response to Homermoosevols:

Methadone can be used for the addiction of heroin. Not cocaine. Many believe that methadone addiction is as bad if not worse than heroin addiction. All in all, its some serious stuff. He wouldn't have a prescription to methadone in all likelihood if he wasn't abusing heroin.

What about it he was using oxycontin like many people already suspected.

And whoever brought politics into this needs to be beaten. Libs would be happy about this if it was a right winger? You are scum.

Outdated writes:

in response to lomas98:

On some news sites, comments to some controversial articles are frozen so clowns cannot comment on them. I think GVX should really consider freezing comments on some of these articles so the inmates won't run wild in the asylum. I hope any relatives who may read this article don't read the comments.

It should have been done on this article. To not freeze the comments is cruel and not necessary.

JSamson7 writes:

in response to tensie2004:

If there is an idiot on here then it is YOU. How dare you say "claim to be vol fans" you self serving piece of *hit. Like it or not, Aaron signed a grant in aid with my university - THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE not the University OF PHIL FULMER. He did cut his ties with THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Douglas Family and I do feel sorry for them in their time of need and as I said, "no parent should ever have to bury their child, its a terrible thing to have to do." So don't come on here and act so self serving and preach to me without truly knowing my feeling because you don't comprehend what I have written. You must have been one of Aaron's or Phil's friends in Maryville and were blinded by my post that again had nothing but respect for the Douglas Family.

I was a friend of not just Aaron, but David, Karla, & little Ashley as well. However, since you're THE authority on makes people a part of the Vol family, how do you explain Fulmer, Majors, Cutcliffe, the majority of the current UT players, EVERYBODY who has known Aaron & were at his funeral proclaiming he's been a part of the Vol family since birth? As a matter of fact, you're of the same ilk that the pastors for his service spoke about that would throw in their "2 cents" about him & without having a clue about what he really meant to his extended Vol family... Granted, I will say you did pay your respects to his family, but I highly doubt they would share your opinion of him not being a VFL. Your opinion flies in tha face of all of those that knew him as a VFL & shows just how much of a "self serving piece of *hit" YOU are. That said, I feel I've given you too much face time as it is & I think I'll listen to those who know what it actually means to be a Vol as opposed to people like yourself who probably wish they could've been a Vol...

tensie2004 writes:

in response to JSamson7:

I was a friend of not just Aaron, but David, Karla, & little Ashley as well. However, since you're THE authority on makes people a part of the Vol family, how do you explain Fulmer, Majors, Cutcliffe, the majority of the current UT players, EVERYBODY who has known Aaron & were at his funeral proclaiming he's been a part of the Vol family since birth? As a matter of fact, you're of the same ilk that the pastors for his service spoke about that would throw in their "2 cents" about him & without having a clue about what he really meant to his extended Vol family... Granted, I will say you did pay your respects to his family, but I highly doubt they would share your opinion of him not being a VFL. Your opinion flies in tha face of all of those that knew him as a VFL & shows just how much of a "self serving piece of *hit" YOU are. That said, I feel I've given you too much face time as it is & I think I'll listen to those who know what it actually means to be a Vol as opposed to people like yourself who probably wish they could've been a Vol...

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