Akron school board member resigns after apparent drug overdose

Police say John Otterman had marijuana and the powerful painkiller fentanyl

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio school board member has resigned after police found him unconscious from an apparent overdose in a parked vehicle.

John Otterman resigned from Akron’s school board Monday, saying the move allows him to focus on his health and enables the board to appoint a replacement.

Police say the 57-year-old had marijuana and the powerful painkiller fentanyl when he was found unconscious last Thursday. Otterman was given the overdose antidote naloxone and was hospitalized.

Police say he acknowledged the drugs were his and was charged with a misdemeanor count for the marijuana. He wasn’t charged over the fentanyl under Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law, which offers some immunity to people who overdose.

The incident comes months after Otterman successfully advocated for officers who patrol Akron schools to start carrying naloxone.

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