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Northampton County District Attorney John M. Morganelli says case closed on Garrett Reid heroin overdose case.

The case on Garrett Reid's death is closed.

Northampton County District Attorney John M. Morganelli said in a press conference Monday afternoon that Lehigh University and his office have closed the investigation into the death of the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid on Aug. 5.

Speaking of Garrett Reid, who died of an accidental heroin overdose in his dorm at Eagles training camp at Lehigh University, Morganelli said his office could not determine whether the heroin that killed Reid was obtained in Northampton County or the Lehigh Valley or whether he had brought it to training camp with him.

Morganelli said when Reid, 29, died, he was in possession of 64 needles, 47 syringes and 19 vials of an unknown liquid that was later determined to be steroids.

He said the vials were: Testosterone Propionate, Boldenone Undecylenate, Nandrolone Phenyl Propionate and Trembolone Acetate -- all controlled substances of anabolic steroids that Morganelli said are illegal in Pennsylvania.

  • Testosterone Propionate -- A steroid that needs to be injected every 2-3 days for maximum results. It can be prescribed for men who do not make enough testosterone on their own. It is used recreationally as a muscle-enhancing drug or performance steroid. It bulks up muscles.
  • Boldenone Undecylenate -- A steroid often used in the off-season as it is more likely to show up in drug testing because it stays in your system longer. This is commonly used by body builders to build up body, mass and muscle. This steroid lasts longer in the body and people inject it every 3-4 weeks.
  • Nandrolone Phenyl Propionate -- A steroid that used to be very expensive and hard to get but is now cheaper to obtain. It is long acting, takes a long time to kick in and clear out of the system. It is usually limited to a body building group.
  • Trembolone Acetate -- A strong anabolic steroid on the market. It builds up muscle mass and makes you stronger in a short amount of time. There are no estrogen side effects. This is usually combined with other steroids for better effects.

Morganelli said the possession of the steroids was unrelated to Reid's death.

The district attorney also said that an analysis of Reid's cell phone records showed individuals with whom Reid had contact hours prior to his death.

He said that they were mainly "incidental contact" between family and friends, including a female friend -- Reid met her in the Lehigh Valley two weeks before his death -- who tried to contact him via cell phone and text messages right before his death and after it.

He said the information was not helpful in trying to determine the source of either the anabolic steroids or the heroin.

Reid had a struggle of almost 10 years with drug addiction and drug dealing. He was helping at camp with players' stength training and conditioning.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said that toxicology reports suggested "chronic use" of drugs.

1 December 18, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Yeah but we know where he got the money to buy the drugs....good old Daddy Reid who was more interested in football (losing at that) than taking care of and raising his kids. Even the judge said Reid's household was "out of control" a few years back. Sorry but when two of your sons end up violent dopers, it's not bad luck, it's bad parenting. Maybe if he would have took a few years off to help his family (lord knows he has enough money to get by), his son would still be alive.
John December 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Oh yea, its great that U want to blame Reid.....Yes he may have not been a good parent but there are alot of things that can be the reason he was an addict...Life is full of uncertainty and to push blame on someone is wrong, its only your oppinion...
1 December 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM
John, Reid has/had TWO dope fiend sons, not one. Again once can happen to anyone, twice is a trend....
patty December 18, 2012 at 07:40 PM
How nice of you to be so judgmental and all-knowing. SMH
Marc Lombardi December 18, 2012 at 08:39 PM
My guess is that there may be a few surprise steroid tests on the Eagles' players in the next couple weeks. Tough way to end what is already a horrible season for the team, both on and off the field.
JEFFREY December 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
There is no question that Andy did not address his kid's problems after he went to court on behalf of both sons. Who did he expect to take over his family's obligations? He is as much to blame as his deceased son and if he doesn't get on the stick, his other son may very well end up the same way. I do not believe Andy wanted anything like this to happen, but it is up to him to do whatever it takes to prevent it. He did not meet those obligations. Shame on him. I wouldn't be able to work several days after my son's death. I can't speak about his work ethics, but he let his family down BIG TME and let me down as a fellow human being. Now, of course this is just my opinion, but I've heard this from many, many people.
Jay jay December 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
He was 29yo he was far from a kid and had a mind of his own . He made his choice . His father , mother , brother even Bugs Bunny ain't to blame . It was his choice
p bresn December 19, 2012 at 02:22 AM
right u all know, dont you??????

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