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Meth likely cause of man’s death

A New Amsterdam man died last week apparently as a result of using the highly addictive, dangerous drug methamphetamine, also known as speed or crank.
The body of Roy E. Walden Jr., 54, was found Thursday, June 19, by a friend. His body was laying on the floor of his home; a hypodermic needle was on the floor in front of his body, said Gary Gilley, chief of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
‘A blood spot was on his left arm,’ Gilley said, apparently caused by an injection. ‘A field test kit showed positive for methamphetamine.’
The chief said Walden lived alone and had been dead for about a day.
This is the first death in Harrison County directly attributed to meth. Gilley said it’s not likely going to be the last. ‘It destroys the user’s health,’ he said.
The Corydon Democrat ran a series of articles earlier this month about the dangerous and illigal use of methamphetamine. It was called ‘Meth madness.’
Walden’s death may have been unintentional. Gilley said it could have been from a heart attack. ‘It creates such a rush,’ Gilley said.
The official cause of death has not been determined. Harrison County Coroner Chad Cesar said the investigation is continuing but foul play is not suspected.
An autopsy failed to show a cause of death, and toxicology test results aren’t expected for another week or so.
‘I won’t confirm the cause of death until we get those results,’ Cesar said.
Judging from medications found in the house, Gilley said Walden suffered poor health, apparently resulting from his service in the Vietnam War.
Walden was a native of New Albany, born Oct. 1, 1948, the son of the late Roy E. and Beatrice McCarty Walden.
He was a former employee of the Army Corps of Engineers in Nashville, Tenn., and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Troy Dwaine Walden, and a sister, Sharon Caudill.
Survivors include aunts, an uncle and several cousins.
The funeral was Sunday, June 22, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in the New Amsterdam Cemetery. Pastor Russell K. Benson officiated.
Pallbearers were Don Feller, Butch Kintner, Tony and Randy Patterson, Frank Richard and Charles Williams.