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Akron school board member resigns after drug overdose

Posted at 7:21 PM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-22 19:25:10-05

An Akron school board member resigned Monday night following a drug overdose last week.

John Otterman was found by police in his vehicle in the midst of an overdose on Thursday. Police had to use four doses of nalaxone to rescue him.

As his car was being prepared for towing, police said they found a folded piece of paper with .4 grams of a white powdered substance - later tested positive as fentanyl - and .5 grams of marijuana.

Otterman admitted to police to having the illegal drugs.

He was charged with possession of marijuana and issued an immunity form in lieu of arrest for possession of fentanyl. In Ohio, the Good Samaritan Law offers immunity for people who overdose and want to seek assistance for their addiction.

In July, Otterman pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after police found him with "slurred speech and glazed over eyes" and Xanax pills in his vehicle. He received a 30-day suspended jail sentence and was fined $277, according to our media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal.