Autopsy finds several drugs involved in death of Nashville mayor’s son

A Colorado autopsy report released Wednesday says Max Barry, son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, died from a combination of several drugs, including opioids, reports The Tennessean.

Drugs found in Max Barry following his death were Xanax, marijuana and two opioids — liquid methodone and hydromorphone. The autopsy also showed that he had recently used cocaine.

Max Barry, 22, died at a home that a friend was housesitting on Saturday, July 29, in Littleton, Colo., a suburb of Denver, where he had moved after college. He was there with two friends.

The toxicology findings confirm what the mayor called an “apparent overdose” immediately after his death. She had speculated that her son was killed by a combination of a drugs including Xanax.

There was no alcohol present in Max Barry after his death, according to the autopsy report. Contributing factors to his death were hypertension and obesity.

The mayor and husband Bruce Barry have chosen to be transparent about the death of their only child to become a voice in the growing national opioid crisis. Max Barry had past struggles with drug addiction and enrolled in a drug rehab facility last summer for one month.

The mayor, after returning to work Monday and discussing the tragedy with local media, has been on a national media swing this week to discuss opioids and her son’s battle with drugs.

She appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper and “PBS NewsHour” on Tuesday and on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily” with Chuck Todd and “NBC Nightly News” on Wednesday.

4 Responses to Autopsy finds several drugs involved in death of Nashville mayor’s son

  • Lance Persson says:

    Could there possibly be a connection with the values this young man grew up with and his battle with drug and possibly food addiction?

    • Betty Anderson says:

      A hateful and ill-timed comment by Mr. Persson. We can all second guess the steps we took in raising our children, and good parents always do that. But blaming an adult child’s bad choices on his parents is too easy. Those who do not know the intricate details of Max’s life should at least keep their ignorance and their hatefulness to themselves.

  • Randy Lamb says:

    Thank the Lord that there are no Republicans dealing with dug use, addition and overdose! BTW, how’s Rush doing. Quite inconsiderate comment at such a time, IMHO! Oh, yeh! “What’s in your wallet”?

    • Linda says:

      A dictionary for checking spelling should be in YOUR wallet, Mr. Lamb!

      I despise the mayor’s politics, but I ache for her as another mother.

      My only child grew up to be a very well-regarded attorney, but ANY parent can rear a child who has problems with addiction. When it comes to the opioid epidemic, we are all Americans and judging each other will never solve the problem.

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