(L.A.) Eric Johnson, 38, Died at a Residence

Case Number: 2000-03562

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 38-year-old Black male that occurred at a residence.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Eric Johnson.

Manner of Death: Undetermined

Cause of Death: Probable Effect of Hydromorphone Toxicity

RIP ERIC JOHNSON (November 4, 1961 – May 9, 2000)

This is the earliest case mentioning “hydromorphone” among the 150,000 death records made public by the L.A. County medical examiner since the 1990s. There are now at least 83 cases where it is mentioned.

Hydromorphone can cause serious unwanted effects or fatal overdose if taken by children, pets, or adults who are not used to strong narcotic pain medicines.