Update: Green Was Taking Prescription Medication

March 23, 2010  

By Brooks L. Powell
blpowell@smu.edu

The family of SMU sophomore Joseph Hunter Green said he was taking prescription medication when he was found dead in his dorm room in January. He sustained a “painful injury” while on the SMU-in-Taos campus in December and was under treatment for it, said his sister Brooke Baker, an SMU alumna, in an emailed statement.

Baker did not say what type of injury Green suffered or how severe it was, but noted Green had not taken any such medication before December.

The combination of alcohol and prescription drugs in his system led to Green’s death, said a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office as reported Sunday night.

Baker said her family approved a statement that was to be released by SMU Monday, but said SMU failed to mention that Green was taking prescription medication related to his injury at the time of his death. SMU officials were not immediately able to comment on why those details were omitted from the release.

SMU’s statement read in part: “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family and loved ones of Joseph Hunter Green. … SMU continues its efforts to educate students about the risks of consuming alcohol while taking medication.”

Baker added in an email that her family is still struggling to cope with the loss.

“Our hearts break everyday (sic) we are without Hunter,” she said. “We only want to honor his memory.”

Green was found unresponsive in his room at the SMU House at 3004 SMU Blvd. on Friday, Jan. 22. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dallas County Medical Examiner at 12:36 that afternoon.

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