Lewis teen’s death caused by overdose

State police warn of risk surrounding prescription drugs

These powerful pain killers should be kept locked up, he noted.

Prescription drugs should only be taken under the direct order of a physician. Davison said these drugs are designed for people who need them and any use without consultation from a physician can have terrible consequences.

Essex County 911 received a rescue call at 6:24 a.m. on On Dec. 21, to 618 Fox Run Road in the town of Lewis for an unresponsive female. Grady was discovered not breathing in her bedroom by her sister and 911 was contacted. Elizabethtown-Lewis Rescue Squad and State Police responded but life saving measures were unsuccessful. Grady was pronounced deceased at the scene by Essex County Coroner Kelly Valentine who authorized her removal to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Grady was a sophomore at Lewis Elizabethtown High School. She had just celebrated her 16th birthday at the time of her death.

She played soccer and basketball and will be remembered by friends for her high energy laugh and welcoming attitude.

ELCS Superintendent Gail Else and Principal Jennifer Bull released a joint statement after her death which read as follows:

“Ashley was a well liked student and athlete who participated in both soccer and basketball. She will be deeply missed by her ELCS family.”

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