Vanderburgh County Coroner Confirms Synthetic Drug Death

The death of an Evansville man in February is now being blamed on synthetic drugs.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear confirms that 35-year-old Mario Rabon died of synthetic cannabinoid intoxication.

Rabon was apparently smoking synthetic drugs the night he died in February.

The coroner had been waiting on toxicology results to confirm the cause of death.

Last month, the president of the Evansville Rescue Mission posted the picture of Rabon attached in this story on Facebook. Rabon was a long-time resident at the shelter.

Mario Rabon is the man on the left in the photo. Tracy Gordman, the rescue mission president, is on the right.

The day after Rabon's death the shelter spoke publicly about a synthetic drug known as K-2 circulating the area.

Gorman told Eyewitness News the rescue mission had been looking after Rabon for a while. He also stated that he just got permanent housing. 


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