Ohio University Student’s Death Ruled Accidental

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The November death of an Ohio University student has been ruled accidental by the Athens County coroner.

Dr. Harold C. Thompson says the cause of death for Yaara Mashmoor was "acute methadone and alcohol intoxication."

The 21-year old Junior psychology major from Pepper Pike was found unresponsive by her boyfriend around 3 a.m. November 3 at her Grosvenor Street home in Athens.

Methadone is an opiate that is used to relieve moderate or severe pain.

"What these types of drugs do is slow the respiratory rate down," says Thompson.

He says it eventually leads to the person not being able to breathe and the heart stopping.

"It leads to a cardiac death," says Thompson.

Thompson says he will now hand the final autopsy report over to the police department so officers can finish their investigation.