Father, son who died at Sangerville camp had cocaine in systems

Posted Nov. 15, 2010, at 4:06 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — A Saco father and son who died within hours of each another in August at a Sangerville camp had cocaine, buprenorphine and ethanol in their systems at the time of their deaths, according to autopsy results released Monday by the state medical examiner’s office. The manner of their deaths was ruled accidental.

In addition to the drugs, Andrew Giroux, 49, had an underlying condition of cardiomyopathy due to morbid obesity and hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease that contributed to his death, according to Jim Ferland, administrator of the medical examiner’s office.

Giroux’s son Dustin Giroux, 25, also had arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which contributed to his death, Ferland said Monday.

Fernald said buprenorphine is a semisynthetic opioid used to treat opioid addiction and control moderate pain. Ethanol is a term used for alcohol, he said.

The Girouxs and four other friends had been spending a “man’s weekend” at the Line Road camp as a kind of a bachelor party for the younger Giroux — who was to have been married on Aug. 21 — when the deaths occurred on Aug. 1. The hunting camp was owned by the elder Giroux.

Annie Cote, a Saco neighbor of the Girouxs, told the Bangor Daily News in August that a party had been held the day before for Dustin Giroux’s fiancee. She said the men left afterward for the Sangerville camp.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, said Monday that with the findings, the state police now will begin an investigation to find out where the men obtained the drugs.

Andrew Giroux, who owned A&D Giroux Heating of Saco, was a retired schoolteacher.

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