June 28, 2006

Coroner: Howe had meth in his system at time of death: Steve Howe, former National League Rookie of the Year, former NL All-Star, former Dodger, Yankee, Ranger and Twin, and former participant in Major League Baseball's substance abuse program, had methamphetamine in his system when he was killed in a single-vehicle crash April 28. This, according to an autopsy performed by the Riverside County (CA) Cornoner's Office.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 03:52 PM - 14 comments

I can't say I'm surprised....

posted by mjkredliner at 04:21 PM on June 28, 2006

.....neither can i...

posted by ksb122 at 04:22 PM on June 28, 2006

Many of today's top stars find a way to go undetected...Very sad and disappointing. Drugs affect everyone in some shape or form.

posted by dsg at 04:26 PM on June 28, 2006

dsg, maybe you should read the articles prior to commenting on them. Especially since Mr. Howe here has not played since 1996 and was 48 years old. That does not make him one of today's top stars. Plus they found the meth in his system, not exactly undetected. Drugs affect everyone in some shape or form. Thanks for the public service announcement though.

posted by jojomfd1 at 04:34 PM on June 28, 2006

Does anyone here have an idea what it means to have meth in his system? Does its presence necessarily mean that Howe was driving impaired? How long does meth stay in your system after use? Not that it makes a bit of difference one way or the other. I was just curious.

posted by BullpenPro at 04:36 PM on June 28, 2006

It does not mean he was impaired, in my understanding, BullpenPro, as meth is detectable for at least 72 hours after use, but, he may well have been tired enough to fall asleep at the wheel after a binge, which according to the witness' description, is entirely possible. This scenario occurs frequently in the trucking industry, and that is why I may know a little about it, as I have been forced to fire many drivers after testing positive for meth use.

posted by mjkredliner at 04:46 PM on June 28, 2006

How long does meth stay in your system after use? Much like cocaine, meth runs through you pretty quickly.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:51 PM on June 28, 2006

I can't say I'm surprised.... I can't either. Too bad he couldn't kick his drug habit long ago--R.I.P.

posted by curtangle at 05:03 PM on June 28, 2006

"...former Dodger, Yankee, Ranger and Twin..." - The_Black_Hand You just reminded me of last nights game Drug Addict, Geez

posted by your-money9388 at 05:35 PM on June 28, 2006

I wonder if he exhibited any signs of long term use or did he fall off the wagon the night before? The Black Hand, actually meth is metabolized much slower than cocaine. (facts, symptoms) "Peak blood methamphetamine concentrations occur shortly after injection, a few minutes after smoking, and around 3 hours after oral dosing. Peak plasma amphetamine concentrations occur around 10 hours after methamphetamine use" Rapidly absorbed when taken orally, the effects of the drug peak within 2 to 3 hours and are measurably effective in the body for up to 8 hours.

posted by ?! at 06:08 PM on June 28, 2006

With meth being a mixture of over-the-counter ingredients including cold medicine, is it possible one of those bits gave a false-positive for meth? I know with Howe's history the meth find seems slam-dunk, but I'm curious if anyone has insight. RIP, Steve.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 06:51 PM on June 28, 2006

72 hours if one drinks a lot of liquid and pisses a lot. Remants stay longer and depending on how often is used, those remants accumulate. Like LSD meth can turn on you without all of a sudden. I know I used to do meth a few years back during whole weekends and a couple of times I turn on all of a sudden later on the week, I remember one time it was Tuesday. It scared the shit out of me. By the way I used to snore it.

posted by ogomezmontes at 11:21 PM on June 28, 2006

Actually sudafed and other antihistimine type over the counter medications can give a false positive for methamphetamine. There is a more sophisticated test that can detect whether the positive is in fact meth or some legal substance.

posted by jm_mosier at 06:46 AM on June 29, 2006

People like that deserve to be dead!!! 10 time loser

posted by dmontez1392 at 11:33 AM on July 01, 2006

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