(L.A.) Brian Yuzon, 30, Died from an Overdose

Case Number: 2022-12272

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 30-year-old male at a private residence.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Brian Yuzon and listed his race as Caucasian.

Brian Christopher Yuzon identified socially with the Filipino American community. He was arrested on February 28, 2020, in Ventura County for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs 23152(A).

After graduating from Eagle Rock High School in 2010, Yuzon attended Glendale Community College, then went on to work as a respiratory therapist at Sherman Oaks Hospital and Western Convalescent Hospital.

Brian Yuzon died from overdosing on cocaine and alcohol

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Cocaine and Alcohol Effects

Other Significant Condition: History of Seizures

RIP BRIAN YUZON (September 17, 1992 – November 26, 2022)

Formal pronouncement of death was on Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

Drug deaths are frequently classified by the medical examiner as accidental because it is assumed that the users did not intend to kill themselves.

Addicted medical professionals are more likely than their non-addicted colleagues to cause an accident in the workplace or to neglect patients’ health. They may be distracted on the job or abruptly leave important appointments or surgical procedures to use drugs.

Sometimes I’d be standing in the operating room and it’d look like I had the flu. So I’d excuse myself and I’d run into the bathroom, eat 10 [Tylenols with Codeine], and in maybe five or 10 minutes I’d be normal again. — LA Times

Healthcare workers suffering from addiction are not only putting their own health at risk, but they are also endangering the wellbeing of patients in their care.