Man involved in Russell Co. “mass overdose” says it was ‘laced weed’


CASTLEWOOD, Va. (WJHL)- One of the five people who reportedly overdosed in Castlewood, Virginia Wednesday night is telling his side of the story.

Bobby Mcmurray, 38, says he lives at 496 Buffalo Hollow Road with his mother and 10-year-old daughter.

He said his brother, his brother’s girlfriend, her son and a friend came over to visit Wednesday night.

He said they went outside to smoke weed that he now believes was laced.

He said his mother and daughter were in the bedroom when the five who smoked began showing overdose symptoms.

“People started falling down like into the floor. Then next thing you know a couple of them is jerking and going on puking,” Mcmurray said. “A couple of them…quit breathing they had to put them on life support and stuff.”

Mcmurray said his mother called for help.

“We’ve had a lot of overdoses in our county but never five at one time in the same residence,” said Russell County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy William Watson.

Watson said Narcan was administered upon arrival but it didn’t stunt the symptoms. “Narcan typically works on opioids not so much on other types of drugs but giving Narcan is not going to kill someone,” he said.

The sheriff’s department and Virginia State Police are still investigating the incident. Watson wouldn’t provide further detail on what was or wasn’t found in the home.

He said they’re still waiting on blood test results to determine what substance was involved.

“If we can identify the type of drug and where it came from then absolutely there will be criminal charges placed,” Watson said.

Watson said all seven of the people in the house were taken to the hospital, including the mother and the daughter for precaution.

As of Thursday evening, he said four of the five people that overdosed had been discharged and one remained in stable condition.

Mcmurray had just returned from the hospital when he spoke to News Channel 11.

He said his daughter is “gone until they come check everything out and make sure it’s alright.”

Watson was unable to confirm if the 10 year-old is in state custody.

SEE ALSO: UPDATE: Five released from hospital after Russell Co. mass overdose, one in ICU

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