ANNAPOLIS – Drug intoxication contributed to the Sept. 5 death of a 20- year-old University of Maryland, College Park student, according to a medical examiner’s report released Friday.
The report indicated that gamma hydroxybuterate, or GHB, intoxication contributed to the death of Alexander Klochkoff, a junior, who was found lying unresponsive on the porch of his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 5.
Klochkoff, from North Bellmore, N.Y., lived at the fraternity house at 4 Fraternity Row on the College Park campus and was reported to be a good student.
University and Sigma Alpha Epsilon officials were unavailable for comment Friday on the report.
Campus and Prince George’s County Police are still trying to piece together a timeline of Klochkoff’s whereabouts on the evening before his death.
Officials said there had been a party at the fraternity house from 8 to 10 p.m. on the night before Klochkoff’s death and earlier reports said that he was seen alive in and around the house between 3:30 and 4 a.m. on Sept. 5.
Investigators had said earlier that it was “unlikely” that alcohol or foul play had had a role in Klochkoff’s death.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s web site, GHB is a central nervous system depressant “abused for its ability to produce euphoric and hallucinatory states and its alleged ability to . . . stimulate muscle growth.” It said GHB can produce drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, unconsciousness, seizures, severe respiratory depression and coma.
The drug agency said GHB is found in both liquid and powdered form, and is frequently combined with alcohol. It was classified as a controlled substance in March 2000.